Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has spoken of his delight at his move to Tottenham Hotspur before the North Londoners have confirmed the deal.
Gollini is set to become Nuno Espirito Santo’s first signing as Tottenham head coach, arriving on a season-long loan deal with an obligation to make it permanent next summer for £13m, should he play a certain number of games.
The 26-year-old underwent his medical in Milan and has since flown to London to formally tie up the transfer.
Gollini will provide competition for Hugo Lloris for the number one jersey, with the Frenchman having less than a year to run on his existing contract at Tottenham.
Football.London revealed yesterday that Nuno has already told former England keeper Joe Hart that he is not part of his plans for the upcoming campaign
Hart will either have to accept battling it out with Alfie Whiteman to become the club’s third choice keeper or look to leave ahead of the window closing.
Gollini told Sky Italia, as covered by Sky Sports: “I am very happy. It is very difficult to leave my second home. I thank Bergamo [where Atalanta play] and the fans. I felt very loved and what we did will remain in history.
“I am grateful to Tottenham for this opportunity, I can’t wait to start. The possibility of staying in Italy was there but Tottenham was the best opportunity.”
Gollini seems to be genuinely excited at the move to Tottenham where he will provide serious competition for Lloris, in what could be a season of the World Cup winner passing over the torch to the Italian before leaving at the end of his contract.
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