Pierluigi Gollini admits he is ‘very happy’ to move to Tottenham on loan from Atalanta

Pierluigi Gollini admits he is ‘very happy’ to move to Tottenham on loan from Atalanta as goalkeeper move to Premier League draws ever closer

  • Pierluigi Gollini has revealed his joy over his upcoming move to Tottenham
  • The 26-year-old goalkeeper is rented from the Italian Atalanta
  • Tottenham have the option to extend the loan or make the deal permanent
  • Gollini admitted he was ‘very happy’ to join the Spurs during his medical treatment

Pierluigi Gollini has admitted he is “very happy” to join Tottenham as his Atalanta season extension draws closer.

Sports post revealed this week that Spurs will sign the 26-year-old goalkeeper an initial temporary deal this summer, but the Premier League club have options to extend the lease or make the deal permanent next summer.

The Italian shot-stopper was seen part of his medical in Milan on Wednesday and couldn’t hide his joy at seeing his move to the Spurs ever closer.

Pierluigi Gollini says he is ‘very happy’ to be loaned to Tottenham this summer

Gollini set to join Spurs on first loan but Tottenham could extend deal next year

Gollini set to join Spurs on first loan but Tottenham could extend deal next year

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

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

The 26-year-old Italy international was previously on the books of Manchester United and Aston Villa, but has been the key man between the sticks for Atalanta over the past three seasons – a period during which they emerged as regulars of the Champions League.

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

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 are concerns over the future of Tottenham Hotspur from captain Hugo Lloris, who has less than a year left on contract in north London. Sports post revealed in February that Burnley’s Nick Pope was considered a long-term successor to the 34-year-old French captain.

But the Spurs are now turning to Gollini, who has made nearly 100 appearances for Atalanta since his first loan from Aston Villa in 2016, as someone who could emerge as the Tottenham captain’s successor as number one.

Meanwhile, Spurs have also asked about Juventus defender Cristian Romero on loan to Atalanta, although he is one of many targets in that position.

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

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

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

Romero made 42 appearances in all competitions for Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta, including 31 Serie A appearances in a campaign that saw him win the division’s Defender of the Year Award last season.

For last season, the centre-back was loaned to former Juventus club Genoa, while Romero also played alongside Lionel Messi in Argentina’s team that won the Copa América earlier this summer.

Tottenham’s defenses need to be strengthened as Toby Aldeweireld recently announced his desire to leave the club, while Spurs were on the hunt for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde and Lyon defender Joachim Andersen, who were loaned to Fulham last season.

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