Tottenham take positive steps as talks open for wantaway Serie A star

Date published: Sunday 18th July 2021 8:00 - Samuel Bannister

Nikola Milenkovic, Pierluigi Gollini, Remo Freuler, Mario Pasalic Fiorentina v Atalanta April 2021

Tottenham Hotspur have begun talks over the possible signing of Pierluigi Gollini from Atalanta, according to one transfer market expert.

Gollini has been Atalanta’s number one for the past few seasons, but their recent signing of Juan Musso means that is no longer the case. Unhappy to be a backup, Gollini must now find a new club. In doing so, the former Aston Villa keeper could end up back in England.

Tottenham have been tipped to revive a long-standing interest as doubts swirl over the future of Hugo Lloris. As time goes on, it seems more likely that the club captain will stay, but even so, they will need a longer-term option at some point.

At the age of 26, Gollini would be a good solution for years to come. However, they do not have a clear path to his signing, as there are other suitors.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, though, Tottenham have now begun talks over a potential deal for Gollini. They could take him on loan, potentially for two years – in which case there would be an obligation to buy.

Alternatively, Atletico Madrid are also interested. However, the Spanish champions would only be able to offer him a role as Jan Oblak’s understudy. Because of his situation at Atalanta, it seems unlikely he would be willing to take such a step.

If Tottenham can guarantee him more regular gametime, then they may grow more optimistic of a transfer.

Furthermore, one suitor already seems to have dropped out of the race to sign him. Wolves were linked with Gollini following the departure of Rui Patricio, but they have replaced him with Jose Sa instead.

Tottenham want another Serie A deal

New managing director Fabio Paratici, formerly of Juventus, is already looking back to Serie A in his hunt for reinforcements in all areas of the pitch.

For example, he wants Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu to strengthen their defence. In addition, they now have their eyes on a Roma midfielder whose contract has just 12 months left to run.

What’s more, the player in question is available for a €30m release clause.

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