SPAL has reached an agreement with Atalanta for striker Andrea Petagna. The 23-year-old has just left Atalanta practices and will soon be arriving at SPAL, as the two clubs are exchanging documents. Petagna spent the past two seasons with Atalanta, scoring 9 times and helping the club qualify for this year's upcoming Europa League. He had recently been rumored as a SPAL target, and now the Ferrara-based club has their man.
The loan deal is worth â¬3 million, with an obligation to buy worth â¬12 million should SPAL avoid relegation. Petagna will sign a 5-year contract worth â¬1.3 million a year, plus bonus. This is an important investment for SPAL, as it's the most expensive in the biancazzurra club history.
SPAL won out over competition from Genoa, who was offering â¬3 million for the loan, plus the â¬12 million option to buy, which would have been finalized after a pre-determined number of appearances. Atalanta, however, preferred to complete a deal with SPAL, as they guaranteed a higher wage for the player.
This is an intriguing story for the Petagna family, as Andrea's grandfather was the manager of SPAL from Reja and Capello's playing days. Now, however, is Andrea's moment, as he's ready for his newest challenge in Ferrara.