Tottenham announce signing of Atalanta’s Gollini

Pierluigi Gollini
Pierluigi Gollini

Tottenham have announced the signing of Atalanta goal-keeper, Pierluigi Gollini, on a season-long loan deal "with an option to make the transfer permanent," for £13million next season.

Gollini is expected to be a competition for Hugo Lloris and Joe Hart and Spurs revealed that the deal is subject to international clearance.

"This is an amazing feeling," said Pierluigi, taking in his new surroundings at Hotspur Way. "I'm very happy for this opportunity. It's a massive club, a very good chance for me, a big chance. I'm really blessed and proud to be here. I'm so happy just to be part of this club and to join this team of great players."

Gollini, 26, played his youth football at Verona and Manchester United before returning to Verona to make his Serie A debut in September, 2014. He played 27 times the next season, 2015/16, prompting a move to Aston Villa in July, 2016.

He played 20 times for Villa in the Championship in 2016/17 and, coincidentally, was on the bench when we beat Villa 2-0 in the FA Cup third round at White Hart Lane in January, 2017.

Pierluigi moved back to Italy initially on loan at Atalanta later that month, a move made permanent in June, 2018. He's since played 108 times in all competitions for the Bergamo club, including 10 appearances in the Champions League in 2019/20 and 2020/21. He played 32 times last season as Atalanta finished third in Serie A and were runners-up in the Coppa Italia.

Pierluigi has been capped at Under-18, 19, 20 and 21 levels for Italy, and made his senior debut off the bench in a Euro 2020 qualifying match against Bosnia & Herzegovina in November, 2019.

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