Who is Pierluigi Gollini? The 26-year-old Italy international linked with Tottenham transfer

Tottenham Hotpsur could well be on the search for a new goalkeeper sooner rather than later.

At the age of 34, World Cup winning stopper Hugo Lloris will not be the club’s no. 1 forever, and with just one year remaining on his current Spurs contract, his days between the sticks already look slightly numbered.

It is only natural then that the north London outfit would start getting linked to a few goalkeepers to pick up the incredible gauntlet put down by the Frenchman and that has already started with Gianluca di Marzio suggesting that Spurs are already in negotiations with Atalanta over a deal for Pierluigi Gollini.

It is reported that the club are interested in a two-year loan deal with inclusion of an obligation to buy.

Who is Gollini though? football.london has taken a closer look at his career so far to find out just why he is on Spurs’ list to potentially replace Lloris.

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Who is Gollini?

Gollini is a 26-year-old shot-stopper who was born in the Italian city of Genoa and progressed through the academy of Fiorentina.

Standing at a modest 6”4’, Gollini is currently on the books of Champions League outfit Atalanta and has a solitary Italy cap to his name, picked up in 2019.

Spurs target Pierluigi Gollini was afforded his Italy debut in 2019 (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Spurs target Pierluigi Gollini was afforded his Italy debut in 2019 (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

What has he done so far?

Despite being at a young age for a goalkeeper, Gollini has endured a rollercoaster career already.

He enjoyed a two-year spell in Manchester United’s academy before breaking onto the scene with Hellas Verona, impressing enough for Aston Villa to make a move.

Villa, who had just been relegated to the Championship at the time, brought him back to England in 2016 but he was never quite able to settle and was jettisoned after just half a season to join Atalanta on-loan.

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He has remained with the Bergamo outfit ever since, with that deal being made permanent in 2018. His form for the club was good enough though for Roberto Mancini to notice and he granted Gollini his international debut in 2019, replacing Gianluigi Donnarumma in a 3-0 win against Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Why would Spurs want him?

Put simply, they need a goalkeeper. Lloris’ contract expires next summer, whilst Joe Hart is also expected to leave the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium upon the expiry of his deal. This would leave just Alfie Whiteman as the current senior goalkeeping option.

Gollini would provide a viable competition having progressed considerably since his Aston Villa days.

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