Malian international striker El Bilal Touré, who became the most expensive recruit in the history of Atalanta Bergamo this summer, injured his thigh and will be out of action for several months, his coach announced on Saturday. “It hurts my heart for this boy, he wanted to play so much and show what he could bring us (…) We will know a little more in the days to come on how long his absence will be“Said Gian Piero Gasperini at a press conference on the eve of his team’s match in Suolo.
Touré, 21, was injured last Saturday in a friendly match against Juventus and suffered a ruptured rectus femoris tendon. Atalanta paid 28 million euros to bring him from Almeria (1st Spanish division) where he spent last season after two and a half seasons in Reims. Touré was to replace Dane Rasmus Hojlund, recruited by Manchester United for 74 million euros, at the forefront of the Atalanta attack. Gasperini could line up to replace the Colombian Duvan Zapata, coveted by AS Roma, or his compatriot Luis Muriel.