As per talkSPORT, West Ham United have been told that they need to cough up £22million to sign Atalanta’s Bryan Cristante.
During his time in Italy, the midfielder has produced numerous impressive performances, and he’s beginning to attract the interest of Europe’s most recognisable clubs.
The midfielder is currently on loan at the Serie A club from Portuguese champions, Benfica, however, it is believed that the Italian club are prepared to exercise their option to sign the 22-year-old permanently before selling him for an instant profit.
It is reported that Atalanta could buy Cristante for £4.5m, before insisting upon a fee of £22m from interested parties. The Italian has allegedly aroused interest from the likes of Manchester United, Juventus, Inter Milan, and West Ham.
Atalanta’s number four is predominantly regarded for his attacking qualities, and he’s been especially productive for the Italian team this season. In 23 appearances for the Serie A club this season, Cristante has been directly involved in 12 goals, scoring nine and providing three assists. Thus, he currently averages a goal or an assist every two games – a remarkable statistic for a 22-year-old.
The Italian is recognised for his proficient finishing ability, in addition to his capacity to complete intelligent through balls. Without a doubt, his presence would enhance West Ham’s attacking output.
Cristante netted three goals over two games against Everton in the Europa League group stages earlier this season, which will have caught the attention of West Ham and other clubs across the continent.
West Ham United deployed a 3-4-2-1 formation in their previous match in the Premier League, and if David Moyes is keen to establish the three at the back as the Hammers’ permanent strategy, one can envisage how Cristante would fit in their team.
Considering the wealth of attacking qualities that the Italian flaunts, he would be best utilised operating in a somewhat central position behind the striker. That said, he made 17 appearances as a central midfielder this term which is illustrative of his adaptability.