Report: Atalanta consider approach for Corinthians defender FelipeThe Brazilian is seen as a possible replacement for Yohan Benalouane
Atalanta are considering a move for Corinthians defender Felipe, according to reports.
The website of respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that the Serie A outfit could move for Felipe, as they look to strengthen ahead of the start of the new season.
Head Coach Edoardo Reja is currently going into the campaign short on central defenders, after seeing Tunisian Yohan Benalouane move to Leicester City.
That deal brought in a reported fee of €7 million and a number of options, including Milan’s Italy international Gabriel Paletta, are believed to be under consideration.
Felipe is the latest name to come into the frame, but luring him away from Corinthians will not be a straightforward transaction.
The 26 year-old - full name Felipe Augusto de Almeida Monteiro - is contracted to the O Time do Povo until December 2018 and has featured 40 times since debuting in 2012.
This term, he has played regularly, with nine appearances made in the Copa Libertadores de América and a further ten coming in the Brasileirão, where he has grown into a regular starter, after beginning the campaign as a reserve.
With Atalanta, he would be competing against the likes of Guglielmo Stendardo and Nicolò Cherubin for a starting berth and whether he would be willing to risk his regular starting place at Corinthians to move to Europe remains to be seen.