Pierluigi Gollini admits he is ‘very happy’ to be joining Tottenham on initial loan from Atalanta

Pierluigi Gollini admits he is ‘very happy’ to be joining Tottenham on initial loan deal from Atalanta as goalkeeper’s move to the Premier League edges ever closer 

  • Pierluigi Gollini has revealed his delight about his imminent move to Tottenham 
  • The 26-year-old goalkeeper will join on an initial loan from Italian side Atalanta
  • Tottenham have the option to extend the loan or make the deal permanent 
  • Gollini admitted he was ‘very happy’ to be joining Spurs during his medical 

Pierluigi Gollini has admitted he is ‘very happy’ to be joining Tottenham as his season-long loan move from Atalanta draws ever nearer.

Sportsmail revealed this week that Spurs are set to sign the 26-year-old goalkeeper this summer on an initial temporary deal, but the Premier League club have options to either extend the loan or make the deal permanent next summer.

The Italian shot stopper was seen completing part of his medical in Milan on Wednesday and could not hide his delight in seeing his move to Spurs move ever closer.

Pierluigi Gollini says he is ‘very happy’ that he is joining Tottenham on loan this summer

Gollini is set to join Spurs on an initial loan deal but Tottenham can extend the deal next year

Gollini is set to join Spurs on an initial loan deal but Tottenham can extend the deal next year

When asked by Sky Sports Italia how happy he is to be moving to north London, Gollini simply replied: ‘I’m very happy’. 

The Italian news organisation claims the goalkeeper will fly to London on Thursday once the rest of his medicals in his native country are completed. 

The 26-year old Italy international has previously been on the books of Manchester United and Aston Villa, but has been the main man between the sticks for Atalanta for the past three seasons – a period which has seen them emerge as Champions League regulars.

The 26-year-old, who came through the youth ranks at Manchester United and played 20 times for Aston Villa in the 2016-17 Championship season, was left out of Roberto Mancini’s victorious Italy squad for this summer’s European Championships.

Gollini (right) played 20 times for Aston Villa during the 2016-17 Championship season

Gollini (right) played 20 times for Aston Villa during the 2016-17 Championship season

There is concern over the Tottenham future of club captain Hugo Lloris, who has less than a year left on his contract in north London, with Sportsmail revealing in February that Burnley’s Nick Pope was deemed a long-term successor to the 34-year-old France captain. 

But Spurs are now turning to Gollini, who has made nearly 100 appearances for Atalanta since he first joined on loan from Aston Villa in 2016, as somebody who could emerge as the Tottenham captain’s successor as No 1. 

Meanwhile, Spurs have also asked about Juventus defender Cristian Romero who is on loan at Atalanta – though he is one of a number of targets in that position. 

Defender Romero (left) was part of the Argentina side who won the Copa America this summer

Defender Romero (left) was part of the Argentina side who won the Copa America this summer

A report from football.london adds Atalanta will activate a £13million option to sign Romero permanently for Juventus as part of the loan deal, before selling him on for a profit. 

Romero played 42 times in all competitions for Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta side, including 31 displays in Serie A in a campaign which saw him win the division’s Defender of the Year Award for last season. 

Before last season, the centre back was on loan at former club Genoa from Juventus, while Romero also played alongside Lionel Messi in the Argentina side that won the Copa America earlier this summer.

Tottenham’s defence needs boosting as Toby Aldeweireld recently revealed his desire to quit the club, while Spurs have been chasing the likes of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde and Lyon defender Joachim Andersen, on loan at Fulham last term. 

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