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Tottenham Hotspur verbally agree £17.2m fee for Guglielmo Vicario

Tottenham Hotspur have verbally agreed on a fee of £17.2million for Empoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario, as per Sky Sports.

The hunt for a Hugo Lloris replacement is on. If not this summer, there will come a time when the Frenchman (26) will leave the club. He has already become error-prone.

If he was playing like he did last season and was 10 years younger, fans would have still wanted the Lilywhites to sign a new goalkeeper who can properly compete with him for a starting berth.

Guglielmo Vicario goalkeeper of Empoli FC looks on during the Serie A match between Empoli FC and US Sassuolo at Stadio Carlo Castellani on November 5, 2022 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
Guglielmo Vicario set for Tottenham Hotspur transfer from Empoli. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

But age can do that to the best of players. They can start to decline. Lloris was a beast in his prime. You can’t lead France to two FIFA World Cup finals if you aren’t good.

Vicario to Spurs

But Spurs have taken a road less travelled in their bid to replace the former Lyon goalkeeper. This is the first time they will (potentially) sign a senior player from Empoli.

And that too a player not many Spurs fans would have heard of before this news broke, although he did impress enough last season to earn a call-up to Italy’s senior squad earlier this month for their UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers. Fabrizio Romano adds that Vicario will sign a five-year deal at the club and that Spurs are readying a formal bid.

Brentford’s David Raya was an option but his £40million price tag proved to be a hindrance. There’s no real shame in admitting that you don’t follow Empoli’s exploits in Italy.

Viacrio could prove to be a decent buy — we can’t really say until we see him play for Spurs. And so, we should save our judgements until then. Tottenham could have gone in a different direction and splash big money for a proven name playing for a European giant.

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But Vicario may not be a shabby purchase. The fee above isn’t one that should empty our transfer kitty and we must wrap this deal up as soon as possible so we can focus on adding more quality players to the team – especially a central defender and a left-back.

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