Tottenham reach ‘verbal agreement’ to sign Empoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario as alternative to David Raya

Tottenham have reportedly reached a verbal £17.2million agreement to sign Empoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario.

Spurs appear to have turned their attention to sign the 26-year-old after refusing to match Brentford’s £40m asking price for David Raya.


Empoli goalkeeper Vicario looks to be closing in on a move to TottenhamCredit: Getty
Spurs were keen on Brentford's Raya, but were unwilling to pay £40m for him


Spurs were keen on Brentford’s Raya, but were unwilling to pay £40m for himCredit: Getty

talkSPORT revealed earlier this month how the north Londoners were keen to snap up shot-stopper Raya, who has one year left on his Bees deal.

And despite personal terms not being an issue between the club and player, we told you how Spurs were looking to drive the Spaniard’s price tag down.

It appears that Brentford have been unwilling to budge on their valuation of Raya, leading Tottenham to look elsewhere.

According to Italian reporter Gianluca Di Marzio, Spurs have been quick to reach a verbal agreement with Serie A side for Vicario.

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The transfer guru has stated that Ange Postecoglou’s side will pay £17.2m for the ex-Venezia star, with an official bid to be lodged on Thursday.

Vicario was one of the standout goalkeepers in the Italian top-flight in the previous season.

Appearing in 31 matches, Vicario conceded 39 goals while keeping seven clean sheets to help Empoli finish in 14th spot.

His fine form saw him called up to the Italian national team, where he was part of the squad that finished third in the Nations League.

Spurs have reached a verbal agreement to sign Vicario for £17.2m


Spurs have reached a verbal agreement to sign Vicario for £17.2mCredit: Getty

Tottenham have made bringing in a new goalkeeper a top priority with skipper Hugo Lloris keen for a new challenge after 11 years at the club.

The Frenchman told Nice-Matin: “We are coming to an important moment, whether for the club or for me. 

“It’s the end of an era. I have desires for other things, I will ask myself quietly to study what will be possible. 

“But I don’t forget that I still have a year of contract with Tottenham and that in football it is always difficult to predict what will happen. 

“What is essential at the moment is to recover well from my injury. I’m on vacation, but I continue to talk and do my training.

“My goal is to be on top in July, then we’ll see what the future holds for me.”

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