Tottenham Hotspur have made a bid in an attempt to bring Pierluigi Gollini to north London this summer.
That’s according to a report by Italian media outlet Calciomercato, who claimed that, along with Wolvers and Everton, Spurs have made an offer to Atalanta regarding the the goalkeeper.
The report added that the Serie A club expect to reap in the region of €20m (£17m) from the sale of the 26-year-old, with the shot-stopper himself believed to be keen on a move in order to attempt to establish himself as Italy’s number one for the 2022 World Cup.
With Hugo Lloris turning 35 in December, as well as being linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this year – although this now appears an unlikely transfer following Gianluigi Donnarumma’s move to the French capital – the argument could easily be made that Nuno Espirito Santo should be planning for life after the French veteran in north London.
Considering how impressive Gollini has been for Atalanta in recent seasons, as well as being almost nine years Lloris’ junior, a move for the Italian would very much appear to be a transfer that Nuno would love to get over the line this summer.
Indeed, in the season before last, the £15.3m-rated man was in exceptional form over his 33 Serie A appearances for Gian Piero Gasperini’s side, keeping eight clean sheets and averaging 2.5 saves and 0.5 successful runs out per game.
The £25,000-per-week goalkeeper was also in decent form over his 25 league appearances last season, keeping nine clean sheets and averaging 1.6 saves and 0.4 successful runs out per fixture. However, a cruciate ligament injury kept him sidelined for a number of games at the start of the campaign.
In any case, the man Steve Clarke once dubbed a “big prospect” would appear to be a fantastic addition for Spurs this summer. The 26-year-old would not only be an excellent backup to Lloris, he also seems to possess the ability to strongly push the Frenchman for his starting spot between the sticks for Tottenham next season if he swaps Bergamo for north London.