Tottenham transfer: Paratici reportedly set for first Spurs capture
Tottenham are set to complete the signing of Pierluigi Gollini, according to The Guardian. The goalkeeper will become the first signing since Fabio Paratici and Nuno Espirito Santo arrived at the club.
It will be a second crack at English football for the Atalanta man. He spent two years at Manchester United as a youngster and later played for Aston Villa in the Championship.
Gollini will join initially on loan but Tottenham will hold an option to sign him permanently next summer for just £13 million.
Paratici has been busy scouring the market for players. It’s perhaps no surprise that his first capture comes from Serie A – a league he knows like the back of his hand. The report claims that he thinks Gollini will be a perfect addition.
Tottenham were always thought to be in the market for a goalkeeper. Hugo Lloris is the club’s first choice, although doubts have surrounded his future.
The France star will speak with the club once he returns from an extended break after Euro 2020. He is, however, looking likely to stay at Tottenham for another year at least.
Gollini made 32 appearances for Atalanta last season, keeping 13 clean sheets for the club. He made three appearances in the Champions League and has a solitary Italy cap to his name.
Gollini to Tottenham: Deal makes sense but how much will he play?
It goes without saying that Spurs need another goalkeeper. It would have been a risk to let Joe Hart act as the understudy to Lloris on a frequent basis.
This does seem like the sort of signing that perhaps suggests Espirito Santo will continue with Lloris as his number one, however.
Gollini has done okay with Atalanta but it does seem unlikely he will instantly take the gloves from the French custodian.
At 26 the goalkeeper has time on his side and with Tottenham in the Europa Conference League, he should get plenty of game time.
If he isn’t the first choice, it will be up to him to prove himself to Espirito Santo when he’s called upon.