Gollini ‘can’t wait to start’ at Spurs ahead of loan deal

Jason Soutar
Pierluigi Gollini
Pierluigi Gollini

Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has said that he “can’t wait to start” his Tottenham career ahead of a loan move from the Serie A club.

Gollini completed his medical in Milan and is on his way to London to sign his contract with the club.

He will join on a season-long loan with an option to buy for £13million which will become an obligation if he plays a certain amount of games, says Sky in Italy.

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Spurs will also have the option to extend his loan by another 12 months.

The north Londoners have been looking for a new goalkeeper to compete with Hugo Lloris for the number one shirt.

Gollini told Sky in Italy: “I am very happy. It is very difficult to leave my second home. I thank Bergamo [where Atalanta play] and the fans. I felt very loved and what we did will remain in history.

“I am grateful to Tottenham for this opportunity, I can’t wait to start. The possibility of staying in Italy was there but Tottenham was the best opportunity.”

Fabio Paratici, the club’s managing director of football, has been in discussions with Atalanta this week, also enquiring about defender Cristian Romero.

Romero has spent the last two campaigns on loan with Atalanta from Juventus. He is still on Juve’s books, although Atalanta are expected to trigger his €16m (£13.8m) buyout clause soon.

He could then join Spurs for a larger fee, handing Atalanta a decent profit.

Also, Erik Lamela is set to leave Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in a swap deal for Sevilla youngster Bryan Gil.

The deal includes €25million plus add-ons going to the Spanish giants with personal terms yet to be agreed with each player.

Lamela has not had the best of times at Spurs since joining from AS Roma in 2013, but is now poised to move after eight years at the club.

He is the last man standing from the cluster of players that Spurs signed after the departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.

The Argentine has 257 appearances for the north Londoners, scoring 37 goals and assisting 47.

Gil, on the other hand, is a Spain international, making his debut in March this year.

He has bags of potential and should excite Spurs fans if the deal goes ahead.