According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Hellas Vernoa of Italy and Aston Villa are in the final steps of transfer negotiations regarding 21-year-old goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.
Similar to Aston Villa, Hellas Verona finished bottom of Italy's Serie A last year, and were relegated. Unlike the Claret and Blues, the Gialloblu (yellow-blues) didn't find a new sugar daddy this summer, and are forced to sell some players following the drop. One of these is Gollini, with the transfer fee for the young goalie rumoured to be about £5 million, with a 4-year contract on the table.
A work permit (the stumbling block with the last young, foreign goalkeeper that Villa tried to sign) isn't an issue, as Gollini is Italian. Also, he should have a decent knowledge of English, having spent two years in Manchester United's youth system. He moved to United from Fiorentina in the summer of 2012, before heading back to his country of birth in 2014, joining Hellas on a free transfer.
Pierluigi Gollini didn't have the best season last year, statistically speaking, but one might have expected that as his club was relegated. Gollini kept two clean sheets in 26 Serie A appearances, conceding 44 goals.
Additionally, Gollini is 6'2" (1.88m), has played 18 times for Italy's youth national teams, most recently for the U-21's in a friendly, a 1-0 loss to France in February. This signing is right in line with the new transfer policy of the club, bringing in young, talented players that can both take this team back to the Premier League, and become the core of the side once it is there.
This should pave the way for the exit of Brad Guzan, and possibly Mark Bun and/or Jed Steer as well.
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