By Amir Mir
Aston Villa have completed the signing of Hellas Verona goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini on a four-year-deal, it was confirmed on Friday.
The youngster will now link up with the squad who are on their pre-season tour of Austria.
The club announced on their official website that the 21-year-old is manager Roberto Di Matteo’s second confirmed signing of the summer after Tommy Elphick’s £3 million move from Bournemouth.
The Villa official Twitter account posted a picture of the Italian youngster holding up a goalkeeper’s jersey as he now prepares to make a return to English football.
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His Italian counterpart and manager Di Matteo spoke highly of the youngster who he believes is a great capture after a number of top clubs were scouting the shot stopper.
“I am very pleased to have brought in Pierluigi,” Di Matteo told the official Villa website. “We have managed to sign him despite the fact he was being chased by a number of top sides and that is a great sign.”
“He’s a young man but has plenty of experience and I’m sure he’ll prove to be an excellent signing for the Club.”
Gollini was previously on the books at Manchester United, but failed to make a first-team appearance before he left for Italian side Fiorentina.
He then joined Hellas Verona, where he made 26 appearances in a stand-out season for the relegated side
The Italy under-20 international will now compete for the number 1 jersey with Brad Guzan and Mark Bunn, both of whom struggled to cement a regular spot last season as they conceded 76 goals in a wretched campaign which led to the clubs relegation to the second tier.