Atalanta is playing spectacular football as in the previous two or three years. They have five victories in the previous seven matches, and they don't know about the defeat for a month and a half. The goddess of the province is again in the zone of the Champions League and equal competition to the greats of Italian football.
And it all started after the war between coach Gasperini and Papu Gomez which is their best player for years. The experienced strategist blamed Gomez for not wanting to play against Midtjylland on the left, Gomez replied that he did not want to sacrifice himself like that because he would lose his place in the Argentine national team and there was a big conflict in the locker room at half time.
At least such versions are in the Italian media. Gasperini completely removed Gomez from the team from the duel with Juventus, and Atalanta recorded four wins and a draw with 18 goals scored. It has been written for days about the safe departure of the Argentine after seven years in Bergamo, and he promised on social media that he would "tell the truth" when he left.
Gasperini explained his decision
Gasperini reiterated yesterday that his decision was of a purely technical nature. “Not playing Gomez? It was a choice conditioned by the need to try a different type of team. We were in trouble and Gomez just didn’t fit in at that point.
My choice is exclusively technical in nature, I saw that we were suffering in the middle of the field and I made such a decision that De Roon and Freuler would be more helpful as a tandem." "We have done that before, but this time such a decision was not accepted by one side ", said Gasperini.
Gomez couldn't stand it. Immediately after Gasperini's words, he announced himself on social networks. He posted 12 videos on Instagram showing him playing in the middle of the field or left and helping the back midfielders pass the ball and create the game.
The allusion to Gasperini's words is clear. This situation is unsustainable and does not benefit anyone, so it is clear that popular Papu will pack his bags in the coming days or weeks. Atalanta is asking for 10,000,000 euros for him, which is an obstacle for interested clubs that do not want to pay that much for a player who is 34 years old.
Inter, Roma, and Napoli are interested, but he has already rejected Fiorentina and Torino, whose ambitions do not suit him. Milan denied their interest because Maldini sees Brahim Diaz in that position. The problem for Atalanta is that it would strengthen direct competitors and they want to avoid that scenario. That is why they set the price that rivals do not want to pay. Especially Inter who showed the biggest interest.