Atalanta were keen on signing Birmingham City’s Jordan James in the winter market, but were unable to get a deal over the line.

Back in February, Calciomeracto stated the Serie A side will return for the 19-year-old in the summer window.

According to a fresh report from Corriere dello Sport, the Birmingham City star is the ‘first objective’ for next season.

The report talks about ‘the Atalanta blitz’ to sign James, after failing to do so January. La Dea have been following him throughout the year and he could be their first signing of the next window.

Wales manager Rob Page has already stated the player could leave Birmingham City after their relegation to League One.

James’ profile, potential, qualities and age makes him an opportunity for several clubs, and the report adds Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur like him. The Europa League winners are ahead in the chase for the Welshman, who’s valued at £10m by the Blues.

Three days ago, Gazzetta dello Sport, relayed by TuttoMercatoWeb, said the Italian club refused to sign him in January as they considered Birmingham City’s request of €10m (note that’s €) to be high.

Atalanta sporting director Tony D’Amico is ‘ready to return to the office to close the deal’ for James. They add the situation could be different in the next window, but that isn’t the case as Corriere say Birmingham City value him at £10m.