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How Atalanta build themselves into strong Champions League contenders

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Atalanta have done commendable business in the recent transfer windows. 

Serie A side, Atalanta, had experienced a scintillating run to the quarterfinals of Europe’s premier competition. The Bergamo-based club looks to build upon that certainly; as they look forward to their second consecutive Champions League campaign. Following some excellent transfer business, this term they have certainly made a name for creating young talents.

The Bergamaschi have one of the best youth academies, not just in Italy but the whole world. They have managed to sell their mere squad options for excellent revenues. The one that tops the list would surely be the Dejan Kulusevski to Juventus deal. The Swedish talent spent the previous season at Parma where he enjoyed a fairly impressive spell convincing the champions to pay a deal amounting to 44 million euros. The fact that Atalanta had to pay just one-tenth of a million to get his services makes this deal even more lucrative.

Another deal that has caught the football world’s eyes is the outgoing transfer of youth prospect Amad Diallo Traore to Manchester United. The Red Devils have secured the services of the youth prospect for an initial fee of 21 million euros and upwards. The deal could rise to an amount of 41 million euros.

The deal that rounded off their excellent transfer window was the departure of fullback Timothy Castagne. An all-around player who can contribute to both phases of the team. Although he can be considered an important squad option to have; Atalanta were offered a lucrative deal of 24 million euros, to which they cashed in reports Goal. Considering he was brought into the side for a mere 6 million euros, this is a remarkable business by the Italian side.

Although it remains to be seen how these transfers turn out in the long-term; nevertheless this is some exciting business from Atalanta. An incoming amount of around 85 million euros; this can certainly be used to strengthen their squad options and compete for the coveted European trophy.

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