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Spurs have just brought in a player once tipped to become 'one of the best' in the world

Spurs have completed the signing of Pierluigi Gollini on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

The Atalanta goalkeeper becomes the first Tottenham signing of the Fabio Paratici and Nuno Espirito Santo era.

Multiple reports claimed Gollini was set for Spurs and now the club has announced his arrival.

Sky Sports claimed on Thursday that Spurs have the option to buy the 26-year-old for £13million.

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Spurs sign Gollini: The story so far

Gollini has experience in English football.

He spent time at Manchester United’s academy and also played for Aston Villa.

The 6ft 4in stopper’s senior breakthrough came for Hellas Verona, who he joined from the Red Devils in 2014.

Gollini then moved to Villa in 2016 but struggled at B6 and went out on loan to Atalanta the following year.

He shone for the Bergamo outfit and promptly joined permanently in 2018, making 112 competitive appearances to date.

Gollini shared the gloves with Marco Sportiello last season, but still managed to made 32 competitive appearances in all competitions for Atalanta.

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Gollini can “emulate Buffon”

In July 2016, former Villa owner Tony Xia praised Gollini on Weibo, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.

The Villans had just signed him for a reported fee of £4.1million.

“The club finally signed the talented Italian goalkeeper despite the fact he was being chased by a big club in Serie A and a few other clubs,” wrote Xia.

“Gollini will be one of the best goalkeepers in the world and has the ability to emulate Buffon in the future.”

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