Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has completed the first part of his medical ahead of joining Tottenham Hotspur on loan.
Spurs have agreed a deal to sign the 26-year-old on loan for at least the next 12 months, with the agreement also including options to both extend the loan and make the deal permanent if certain clauses are met.
Gollini is currently undergoing his medical in Italy because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, and according to Sky Sports News, the process will continue on Thursday, after which he could jump straight on a plane and head for London.
When asked for his feelings towards the proposed move by Fabrizio Romano, Gollini simply responded: “I’m so happy.”
The loan contract for Gollini comes with an option for Spurs to sign the goalkeeper for £13m, but that will become an obligation if he plays a certain number of games for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side over the coming season.
As noted by The Athletic, the plan is for Gollini to come in and offer serious competition for current starter Hugo Lloris, whose long-term future at the club remains up in the air.
The Frenchman, who will turn 35 in December, has just 12 months remaining on his contract. He is not expected to be sold this summer but will soon hold talks with the club over what will happen when his contract expires.
Gollini has been brought in in anticipation of losing Lloris next year and is seen as a low-risk signing in the search for a new number one.
Talks between Spurs and Atalanta over a deal for Gollini are finished, but the two sides remain in negotiations over a potential deal for young centre back Cristian Romero.
Atalanta are expected to pay around £13m to sign Romero permanently from Juventus but are open to cashing in immediately, demanding in excess of £35m for the 23-year-old, who was voted Serie A’s best young defender last season.