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Report: Atalanta still holding firm to desire to keep Leonardo Spinazzola this season

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When it comes to the current Leonardo Spinazzola situation, there isn’t necessarily a bad option. If he stays at Atalanta, then he will be one of their most important players and getting plenty of minutes on the field. If he comes back to Juventus, then Max Allegri has another quality player to turn to off the bench or provide more tactical flexibility.

Neither option is a bad one.

However, both clubs are still trying to determine which option will actually be taking place during the 2017-18 season.

According to Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio on Sunday, Atalanta have once again rejected Juventus’ attempt to bring Spinazzola back to Turin a year early. As much as Juve continue to try, Atalanta only continue to say that they don’t want the 24-year-old fullback to be the latest talented player in their early- or mid-20s to leave Bergamo this summer.

More from GDM:

Atalanta is determined to keep Leonardo Spinazzola despite Juventus' advances to bring back the versatile player to Turin a season early. Atalanta wants to keep all of their starters after already selling Kessie and Conti, and even though Spinazzola is also pushing to join Juventus immediately which would ensure he gets a raise a year early, the bergamaschi's position is clear.

What can we take out of the paragraph above? Three things...

  1. Atalanta haven’t budged at all when it comes to potentially letting Spinazzola go this summer. (Basically, they don’t want to.)
  2. Despite Atalanta’s feet being firmly dug into the ground when it comes to him staying in Bergamo this summer, Juventus aren’t letting up on their desire to bring Spinazzola back to Turin one season earlier than his two-year loan deal says.
  3. According to the report, Spinazzola wants to go to Juventus.

What does this all mean?

Well who the hell knows.

At this point, it seems like it’s going to take quite a bit of negotiating to convince Atalanta to allow Juventus to recall Spinazzola and bring him back to Turin this summer. It’s totally understandable, too, based on who has left the club over the last couple of months and how they want to build off their finish in the top third of the table last season.

Just another day in the life of the summer transfer window, I guess.