Atalanta BC have confirmed the completion of the signing of Italian U-21 worldwide Matteo Lovato from Serie A compatriots Hellas Verona.
The Italian defender has put pen to paper on a 4 12 months contract with the Bergamo based mostly membership, with an possibility to increase for one more 12 months which might see Lovato stay on the Gewiss Stadium till 2026.
Defender Matteo Lovato is the third participant to affix Atalanta on this summer time window
Atalanta have reached an settlement with Hellas Verona to signal the Italian centre again for a complete switch price of €11 million, with Verona receiving a assured fee of €eight million now with an extra €three million in added bonuses.
Padova and Genoa might be sharing 15% of the switch price between themselves owing to their earlier sale agreements for Lovato. Lovato is Atalanta’s third signing this season after Giuseppe Pezzella and Goalkeeper Juan Musso.
Lovato graduated from the Padova academy, making his debut for the senior facet in 2019 in Serie C, the third division of Italian soccer. Lovato’s spectacular shows caught the attention of Hellas Verona who purchased him within the January 2020, the place he made his Serie A debut on 18 July 2020 as he entered the ultimate minutes of the match in opposition to Atalanta. On the identical time, Lovato additionally earned his first-ever call-up to the U21 Italian nationwide squad.
In his breakthrough season with Verona, Lovato made full use of the void left by Marash Kumbulla, who had moved to AS Roma on mortgage at first of the 2020/21 season. The younger and proficient defender established himself as a daily within the first workforce very quickly, making 24 appearances for for the Scala membership final season, as Verona completed 10th in Serie A.
Matteo Lovato arrives as a possible substitute for Argentine defender Cristian Romero, who has his place at Atalanta doubtful, with Tottenham Hotspur eager so as to add the central defender to their ranks with issues wanting extra seemingly for Romero to affix the Premier League.