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Report: Richmond Boakye is close to joining Atalanta on loan

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Denis Doyle

With all the fervor and attention surrounding the Domeninco Berardis, Simone Zazas and Manolo Gabbiadinis of the world, it's easy to understand how somebody like Richmond Boakye can get lost in the shuffle a little bit. There's a lot of talent in that group of young strikers Juventus have owned in the last 12 months — and that doesn't even take into account the likes of Juan Iturbe and Álvaro Morata who are close to securing moves to Turin in their very own right.

So, just like was the case in the previous two seasons when he played at Sassuolo and Elche, respectively, Boakye is expected to be heading out on loan in an attempt for regular playing time and further development. Where could it be, you ask? Well....

After his stint in Spain, Boakye could return in Serie A. Atalanta asked for the 21-year-old Ghanian striker, who is co owned by Genoa and Juventus. After a year-long loan at Elche, Boakye is close to Atalanta, they could soon close the operation. Some developments are expected to arrive in the next days.

(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)

Boakye's move to relegation-battlers Elche in La Liga last season was seen as a move for him to really take advantage of the chance to play every week against some stiff competition outside of Serie A. As it turned out, Boakye's 2013-14 campaign was an up-and-down kind of season for the 21-year-old striker. Boakye scored six goals in 31 appearances, just 12 of which ended up being starts. Four of his goals for Elche came in his 19 games off the bench for Elche, who finished just outside the relegation zone and will be in Spain's top flight for a second straight season.

Here's to hoping that this rumored return to Italy goes a little bit better than his adventure in Spain.