Tottenham sign Atalanta keeper Gollini on loan

Robin Bairner
Tottenham's Pierluigi Gollini playing for Atalanta, Serie 2020/21

Tottenham have announced that they have signed goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini on loan from Atalanta.

The 26-year-old Gollini has arrived at Spurs one a season-loan deal that could be made permanent by the Premier League side.

If Spurs want to keep Gollini beyond the end of the 2021/22 campaign, they will have to pay €15 million (£13m), according to reports.

While there had been a suggestion that there would also be the option to extend the loan by a further season, there is no mention of that in Tottenham's statement.

Tottenham confirm Gollini deal

Spurs state: "We are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini from Italian side Atalanta on a season-long loan, with an option to make the transfer permanent.

"Born in Bologna, Pierluigi, 26, played his youth football at Verona and Manchester United before returning to Verona to make his Serie A debut in September, 2014. He played 27 times the next season, 2015/16, prompting a move to Aston Villa in July, 2016.

"He played 20 times for Villa in the Championship in 2016/17 and, coincidentally, was on the bench when we beat Villa 2-0 in the FA Cup third round at White Hart Lane in January, 2017.

"Pierluigi moved back to Italy initially on loan at Atalanta later that month, a move made permanent in June, 2018. He’s since played 108 times in all competitions for the Bergamo club, including 10 appearances in the Champions League in 2019/20 and 2020/21. He played 32 times last season as Atalanta finished third in Serie A and were runners-up in the Coppa Italia.

"Pierluigi has been capped at Under-18, 19, 20 and 21 levels for Italy, and made his senior debut off the bench in a Euro 2020 qualifying match against Bosnia & Herzegovina in November, 2019.

"The deal is subject to international clearance."

Gollini has arrived at Tottenham to provide competition for long-standing No.1 goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.