Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that they have signed 26-year-old Italian goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini on a season-long loan from Atalanta.
Tottenham Hotspur have made an official statement to confirm that they have secured the services of Pierluigi Gollini, who becomes their first signing of the summer transfer window. The 26-year-old Italian goalkeeper joins Spurs on a season-long loan deal from Atalanta, with the Premier League heavyweights also retaining an option to sign him permanently next summer.
Pierluigi Gollini first joined Atalanta on loan from Aston Villa in January 2017 on an 18-month loan deal before joining them permanently in the summer of 2018. It is only after his permanent switch to Atalanta that the Italian goalkeeper became a key figure for La Dea, becoming first-choice between the sticks in not time.
Over the course of his time with Atalanta, Gollini made 112 appearances across all competitions, keeping 38 clean sheets in the process. However, following the arrival of Juan Musso, his position in Bergamo had become precarious. This, in turn, alerted several clubs, including Tottenham.
The interest from Tottenham was not too surprising, considering Paulo Gazzaniga departed the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as a free agent this summer. With Joe Hart only an emergency option and Hugo Lloris approaching the twilight of his career, it is prudent for Spurs to start laying down a succession plan for their captain.
Official and confirmed. Pierluigi Gollini joins Tottenham on loan with buy option (€15m) until June 2022. Potential obligation to buy in case he reaches 20 caps. ⚪️ #THFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 24, 2021
To that end, Gollini emerged as a viable target for the north Londoners, who moves swiftly in pursuit of the 26-year-old to open talks with Atalanta over a summer deal while also agreeing personal terms with him in no time. The move has now been completed with Gollini arriving at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on a season-long loan deal.
The deal also gives Spurs the option to make the transfer permanent. As per reputed Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the purchase option will entail Tottenham paying €15 million to sign the 26-year-old permanently. In addition, if Gollini plays 20 times for the Lilywhites in the 2021/22 season, the option to sign him will convert into an obligation.
For now, Tottenham have evidently completed their first signing of the summer transfer window and their first since the appointment of Fabio Paratici as the new Managing Director of Football and Nuno Espirito Santo as the new manager. It will be interesting to see how Gollini fares at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this coming season.