Former Chelsea academy graduate Jérémie Boga is set to move to Atalanta from Sassuolo in January, subject to a medical and final signatures. Atalanta have been long-term admirers of Boga and had already tried to sign him last summer. They are now finally about to get their man for €22m (plus €2m in bonuses), as per Gianluca Di Marzio and various other sources.
Boga was also courted by Napoli as well as Shakhtar Donetsk, who are managed by his former manager, Roberto De Zerbi, but the 24-year-old was insistent on staying in Italy.
Jeremie Boga will be in Bergamo in the coming hours to undergo his medical and sign his contract as new #Atalanta player. Five year deal. #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 26, 2021
Shakhtar offered a swap deal with Salomon - turned down. €22m plus add ons to Sassuolo from Atalanta.
Here we go confirmed ⤵️ https://t.co/mSpzo5qrpB
Since joining Sassuolo from Chelsea in 2018, Boga has scored 18 goals and provided 10 assists in 102 appearances. Chelsea had a €10-15m buy-back clause at one point, but that was bought out by Sassuolo last year — for perhaps as low as just €6m.
In fact, a return to a former club — no, not Chelsea — has been mooted in recent days, after Lille president Olivier Letang appeared to open the doors for him.
“Hazard back to Lille? It is not impossible.
“I’ll go to Spain if necessary. It may seem impossible. Obviously, Hazard is an incredible player with a lot of quality. Right now, he is a Real Madrid player and has a contract with that club.”
-Olivier Letang; source: L’Equipe Soir via Marca
According to Marca, Real would be interested in doing a part-exchange with Lille for Jonathan David, although one wonders how Lille would going about matching Hazard’s weekly wages of around €400-500k.
Informa @Miguelitocope— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) December 20, 2021
El @realmadrid escucha ofertas por @hazardeden10 de cara a 2022
El jugador no se plantea salir en enero y decidirá en verano, el problema será su elevada ficha de 13 millones de €