English giants Tottenham Hotspur are closing on a deal to sign Italy and Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini on an initial 18-month loan until 2022 and an option to buy the player in 2023 for €15 million.
This will mark the first signing made by Tottenham’s board this summer which includes the club’s newly appointed director of football, Fabio Paratici.
The board thinks that the 26-year-old will challenge Spurs captain Hugo Lloris for the number-one goalkeeper spot and Paratici has described the signing as a “perfect deal for present and future”.
Gollini started his career with Hellas Verona where he played for two years and made 30 appearances and in 2016, he was signed by Aston Villa. At Villa, the player had 20 appearances and in 2017 he was sent on loan to the Italian side Atalanta BC. In 2018, Atalanta bought the goalkeeper permanently for an undisclosed fee.
The Italian goalkeeper is one of the best names in Serie A and was also a regular starter in Atalanta’s debut season in the Champions League.
Many names have been linked to Spurs in this summer transfer window which includes Sevilla’s Jules Kounde who was one of the main targets but he rejected the club as he wants to play in the Champions League. Meanwhile, Argentina’s Cristian Romero has also been linked and it is reported that the player is in advance talks with Spurs.
Tottenham have also handed over the managerial helm to former Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espírito Santo a few weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Spurs have also made a bid for Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu and the 22-year-old player is tempted to join the club.
One of the biggest tasks of the new manager will be to convince star striker Harry Kane to stay at Spurs as the Englishman wants to move out of the club. Kane is heavily linked with Premier League champions Manchester City.