Serie A-bound SPAL are considering a summer move for Aston Villa goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, according to Tutto Atalanta (via Sport Witness).
The 22-year-old shot-stopper moved to Villa Park back in 2016 after two years at Hellas Verona, and managed 20 Championship appearances in the 2016/17 campaign before being shipped out on loan to Italian top-flight outfit Atalanta last winter.
However, the Italy Under-21 star only made four Serie A starts for the club in their run to a stunning fourth place finish in the table, and his lack of football has cast doubts over his future at Atalanta, given he still has another year on his loan deal.
And recent reports suggest that Gollini may be staying in Italy, although with recently-promoted SPAL instead.
The Italian outfit secured the Serie B title last term to seal promotion to the top tier for the first time in 49 years, and are clearly on the lookout for a new goalkeeper given their recent interest in Leeds’ Marco Silvestri as well.
And with Gollini having spent time in Serie A before at Hellas Verona, in which time he played 30 times for the club, he appears to be the sort of goalkeeper the club want in their bid to be competitive in the Italian top-flight next term.
And although Villa boss Steve Bruce is facing a potential problem with his own goalkeeping options, given they haven’t signed Sam Johnstone on loan as of yet, it doesn’t appear that Gollini has much of a future at Villa Park, which makes a permanent move to Italy all the more likely for the £3.4 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt).