Cremonese, who are on the extreme end of the Serie A standing are looking to bolster their squad in their battle to avoid relegation.
Atalanta is attempting to block Caleb Okoli’s transfer to Cremonese after being handed a injury blow.
Bottom-of-the-league Cremonese have been keeping an eye on the Italian-Nigerian defender and are trying to entice him back to Giovanni Zini Stadium.
The Argentine defender José Luis Palomino was was forced off the pitch in Atalanta’s 3-3 draw with Juventus, handing the Orobici a major blow.
According to reports, he will be out for 3 to 4 weeks after sustaining a first-degree muscle/facial hamstring injury.
Meanwhile, rumours claim that this major setback has presented the Nerazzurri with a transfer dilemma that may prevent Okopi from going back to Cremona.
Following Palomino’s return to the side, the 21-year-old, who has yet to make his debut for Atalanta in 2023, has lost his spot in Gian Piero Gasperini’s starting lineup.
Rafael Tolói and Giorgio Scalvini are also a threat to him, and there are still plenty of choices available despite Palomino’s departure.
The opportunity to reclaim his first team shirt from the Argentine at this point seems to call for his attention.
In the meanwhile, his decision to return to Cremonese after being essential to the team’s elevation to Serie A might be the ideal one for gaining consistent playing time.
The player, who is based in Italy, has appeared in a few U-21 matches for the Italian squad; nevertheless, sources indicate that the Super Eagles coach is trying to get him to join Nigeria’s national team.
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