The Italian club “Atalanta” has closed the debts to the Moscow “Locomotive” for the transfer of midfielder of the Russian national team Alexei Miranchuk. This is reported by TASS concerning the press service of the capital club.
Miranchuk moved from Lokomotiv to Atalanta on August 30, 2020. The transfer amount was 14.5 million euros. The Italians settled with Lokomotiv in tranches. At the end of June 2022, it became known that Atalanta had suspended payments. Lokomotiv was forced to file a lawsuit in this regard with the International Football Federation (FIFA).
“In early October, the chamber on the status of FIFA players considered the claims of Lokomotiv against Atalanta and supported the demands of the railway workers, deciding that the Italian club must pay within 45 days, including paying a penalty in the amount of 5% of the payment amount, for the period delays – from June 17, 2022 to the date of the actual payment. After negotiations between Lokomotiv and Atalanta, the Italian club paid not only the amount of the delayed tranche, but closed the obligations for the remainder of the transfer ahead of schedule, ”the Lokomotiv press service reported.
Atalanta explained the delay in payments to problems with the transfer of funds to the bank in which the Loko account was opened. The Russian club opened an account in another bank, where transactions are safe, but did not wait for the transfer from Atalanta. In July, the “Championship” reported that the debt of the Italians to the Russian side is 5.8 million euros, including penalties.
FIFA took the position of Lokomotiv. In early October, Lokomotiv reported that the Italians were required to pay within 45 days, including by paying penalties. Otherwise, Atalanta was threatened with a ban from FIFA on the registration of new players.
Miranchuk’s contract with Atalanta is valid until the end of the 2023/24 season. Last summer, the Russian midfielder moved on loan to another Italian club, Torino. At the moment, he has a goal and an assist in five matches for the Turin team.
Miranchuk spent his entire Russian career only in Lokomotiv, for which he has been playing since 2013. As part of the capital club, he became the champion and three-time winner of the Russian Cup.