According to a report by Tuttosport, Tottenham Hotspur and Fabio Paratici are now ‘getting closer’ to signing Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, amid reports they are also closing in on Takehiro Tomiyasu.
The Lowdown: Paratici on the move…
Since the 48-year-old’s appointment as the new managing director of Tottenham, there has been no shortage of links to players currently plying their trade in Italy. Euro 2020-winning stars Manuel Locatelli, Domenico Berardi and Lorenzo Insigne are just some of the names to have been mentioned alongside Spurs this summer.
Amid these rumours, Tottenham are also ‘closing in’ on signing Serie A target Tomiyasu according to The Athletic, with the Lilywhites potentially about to seal his acquisition.
In another boost, Tuttosport has now revealed that Paratici is making strides and getting ‘closer’ to signing another Serie A target.
The Latest: Paratici ‘getting closer’ to Gollini
As per the Italian news outlet, Paratici’s and Spurs’ talks to sign Gollini are ‘confirmed’, with all parties now looking for a deal to hugely benefit everyone involved.
Atalanta would trim their surplus of goalkeeping options while Tottenham would find a very capable deputy for Hugo Lloris, not to mention the experience that the 26-year-old himself could gain in playing for a big club in the Premier League.
The terms of a deal are potentially an ‘onerous loan’ with the obligation to buy after ‘1-2 years’, a cost which could amount to around €15m-€20m (£12.8m-£17.1m).
Despite Gollini possibly only being second choice to France international Lloris in N17, Tuttosport claimed that his arrival at the north London club is ‘getting closer’.
The Verdict: Good deal…
This may not be a marquee signing akin to other targets like Jules Kounde or Milan Skriniar, but it is a very fruitful move given Tottenham’s potential need for a goalkeeper and Lloris’ contract situation.
Gollini has been called ‘wonderful’, ‘big’, ‘imposing’ and ‘commanding’ since leaving Aston Villa for Serie A, with European football expert Carlo Garganese raving over his exploits at the Gewiss Stadium (Twitter).
His deal expires at the end of the 2021/22 season, with no sign of an extension, and snapping up Gollini on loan may allow Daniel Levy to reinforce that position while spending little to no money in the short term.
Amid Tottenham’s financial difficulties, cleverly-worked transfers like this one could be crucial to cut costs financially and invest in more premium targets for Paratici and Spurs.
In other news: Bid made – Paratici swoops with fresh offer to sign ‘absolute beast’ for Spurs, find out more here.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience