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Tottenham complete signing of Atalanta goalkeeper Gollini

10:38 BST 24/07/2021
Pierluigi Gollini Atalanta Serie A
The 26-year-old becomes the club's first major signing under new boss Nuno Espirito Santo and managing director Fabio Paratici

Tottenham have completed the signing of Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini on a season-long loan deal, with the option to make the move permanent.

The 26-year-old becomes the club's first major signing under new boss Nuno Espirito Santo and managing director Fabio Paratici since the pair's arrival in north London.

Gollini, an Italy international, joins Spurs for the upcoming season, with the north London club having an option to buy, reportedly worth around £13m ($18m).

Gollini's career to date

A former youth player with Manchester United before making the switch to Hellas Verona in 2014, the goalkeeper rose steadily through the ranks with the club, becoming their first choice across the 2015-16 season.

He earned a switch to Aston Villa that summer, but remained with the club for only six months before making a year-and-a-half-long loan move to Atalanta.

Signing on a full-time basis in 2018, he initially struggled to assert himself as the club's No.1 choice between the posts, before usurping Etrit Berisha to help Gian Piero Gasperini's side achieve a top-four finish.

The bigger picture

Gollini's arrival will add to the pool of goalkeepers at Spurs that include the likes of Hugo Lloris and Joe Hart.

Espirito Santo will be looking to improve on Tottenham's seventh-place finish last season, with the former Wolves boss having replaced Jose Mourinho in the managerial hot seat.

Players such as Danny Rose have already left the club, while reports have suggested that Toby Alderweireld is being moved on.

The biggest transfer story of the summer will revolve around the club's star man Harry Kane, however, with Manchester City keen on luring the England captain to the Etihad Stadium.

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