Serie A side Atalanta are primed to complete the permanent signing of goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini from Aston Villa, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport (Virgilio article). The Sky Bet Championship side are set to receive £3.5million.
Gollini, aged 23, has been on loan with Atalanta since January 2017, after falling out of favour under Steve Bruce. He had been signed by previous manager Roberto Di Matteo, who signed the Italian youngster to be first choice at Villa Park. Sam Johnstone ended last season as first choice for Aston Villa, but he has since returned to Manchester United after his loan deal ended.
Gollini however has not necessarily been the number one choice whilst on loan with the Italian side. He has only made 13 appearances for the club in that period, often playing as second fiddle to Etrit Berisha. Nevertheless, they still wish to complete a permanent switch for the former Italy Under-21 international.
It has since been revealed that Aston Villa need to raise at least £40million in player sales this summer to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, and avoid receiving punishments from the EFL. The club spent big on wages to try and win promotion, which did not pay off, so it is expected to be a summer of change with Bruce’s side. Bruce’s future has also been a question mark this summer, with the club possibly considering a change to try and win promotion. Championship rivals Leeds United are said to be monitoring this situation with particular interest.
It is likely that all of the loan players out of the club at present will be nudged out by the club, in order to raise those necessary funds. This also includes the likes of Carles Gil.