Tottenham Hotspur’s on-loan goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini is attracting interest ahead of the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Italian publication Corriere della Sera (via LazioNews24), who claim that, with Maurizio Sarri looking to move Thomas Strakosha on this summer, Lazio will be in the market for a new first-choice shot-stopper – with Gollini believed to be the club’s number one target.
The report goes on to state that Tottenham look unlikely to exercise their €13m (£11m) option to sign the 26-year-old on a permanent basis, meaning the Italy international is almost certainly in line for a summer return to his parent club Atalanta – who are thought to be willing to part with the ‘keeper for a figure in the region of €10m (£8m).
While Gollini never appeared overly likely to usurp Hugo Lloris as Tottenham’s number one upon his move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last summer, considering just how infrequently the Italian has featured for Spurs, in addition to how poor the shot-stopper has been when he has played, Fabio Paratici’s decision to bring the £25k-per-week goalkeeper to north London does appear to have been a rather strange one.
Indeed, over his four appearances in the Europa Conference League this season, the £12.5m-rated ‘keeper was in rather disastrous form for Spurs, failing to keep a clean sheet against the likes of Stade Rennais, NS Mura and Vitesse, as well as shipping a total of six goals and making an average of just 1.3 saves – with a success rate of a mere 45% – per game.
These returns saw the player who Spurs insider John Wenham dubbed “frustrating” and “poor“ average a quite shocking SofaScore match rating of just 6.25 – ranking him as Conte’s second-worst performer in the competition.
As such, it would indeed appear a very wise move for the 52-year-old Italian to avoid activating the goalkeeper’s option to buy clause this summer and instead send him back to Serie A, as it is clear for all to see that Gollini has cost Spurs dearly this season.