According to Fabrizio Romano, Tottenham Hotspur are set to complete the signing of Guglielmo Vicario from Empoli.
The North London side’s official bid worth €19m is expected to be accepted by the Italian club, whilst personal terms have already been agreed with the player himself, with a five-year contract running until June 2028 set to be signed.
The 6’4″ goalkeeper initially joined Empoli on loan from Cagliari in July 2021, before moving permanently the following year for a fee of €8.5m. In his two seasons at the Tuscany club, where he has made 69 league appearances and kept 14 clean sheets, the Italian’s excellent shot-stopping and reflexes have impressed many in his home nation and proved pivotal in ensuring his side were able retain their Serie A status in both of their two seasons in the top flight following their promotion in 2020/21.
The reported fee will see The Lilywhites pick up the 26-year-old for just over his market value of €16m- which is the highest it has ever been, rising from €2m just two years ago, according to Transfermarkt.
With club captain Hugo Lloris looking set to depart, Ange Postecoglou’s side are in search of a new No.1 this summer and, despite, having previously agreed personal terms with Brentford’s David Raya, Spurs have since failed to meet their London rivals £40m asking price for the Spaniard, and have therefore turned their attention to Vicario.
The Premier League’s first ever Australlian head coach will hope the deal for the Italian can be completed before his new side’s first game of the season, where they will travel to the Gtech community stadium to face Thomas Frank’s Brentford on Sunday August 13.
Travis Levison | Get Football