Guglielmo Vicario to Spurs?
The Italian Goalkeeper (Empoli) is set to replace Hugo Lloris at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
With Hugo Lloris reported to be on the way out of Spurs, new Tottenham Head Coach Ange Postecoglu has the difficult task of finding a replacement for the World Cup winner. The Australian has though reportedly found the Frenchman’s replacement with Empoli Goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario looking set to sign as the new number one ‘keeper at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
According to football.london, Vicario is set to join Spurs for a fee thought to be €19 million (£16.3 million). This fee is only marginally higher than what the club paid to sign Lloris from Olympique Lyonnais back in August 2012 for a reported fee of €12.6m (£10.8m).
The report also suggests that Vicario has attracted interest from the likes of Inter Milan, Juventus, Napoli, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Brighton in recent times and when your consider that the likes of Bayern, United and Juventus have had an interest in signing the Italian suggests that the Lilywhites are signing a goalkeeper that can help to get them to the next level.
Guglielmo Vicario began his career at his hometown club Udinese, joining the club’s academy in 2013 before becoming professional in 2014. Upon signing his first ever professional deal with the Bianconeri, he immediately joined Serie D (Italian 4th tier) club Fontanafredda on loan for the duration of the 2014/15 season. During this season, Vicario made 30 appearances in the league, keeping 4 clean sheets. Fontanafredda finished in 10th place with 44 points to their name.
Following his first loan spell, he returned to Serie D, the following season (2015/16), this time on loan with Venezia for the duration of that season. In 36 league appearances, Vicario kept an impressive 17 clean sheets on the way to I Leoni alati (The Winged Lions) winning the Serie D (Group C) title with 90 points, sealing promotion to the Italian Third Tier, known as the Lega Pro.
At the conclusion of the 2015/16 season, Guglielmo Vicario joined Venezia on a permanent basis for a reported fee of €500 in on 5th July 2016 ahead of the 2016/17 season in the third division. He was part of the team that won the Lega Pro with 80 points, and in doing so got promoted to Italy’s second tier, Serie B. Venezia also won the Coppa Italia Lega Pro that season, which is the equivalent to the Papa John’s Trophy in English football.
Across two seasons in Serie B, Vicario made 39 league appearances, keeping 8 clean sheets. In the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons, Venezia finished 5th and 15th respectively. In the 2017/18 season, the club were knocked out of the promotion play-offs by Palermo in the semi finals before successfully avoiding relegation via the play-offs the following season (2018/19).
Ahead of the 2019/20 season, Guglielmo Vicario signed for then Serie A club Cagliari for a reported fee in the region of €2 million. The goalkeeper was immediately sent out on loan to Perugia in Serie B for the duration of the season. Over the course of his loan spell with I Grifoni (The Griffins), the goalkeeper made 37 appearances, keeping 9 clean sheets. Unfortunately, Vicario and Perugia got relegated via the play-offs by the end of that season where they had finished with 45 points, just 1 off safety.
Following this loan spell, Vicario made 7 appearances in all competitions for Cagliari in the 2020/21 season. He then joined current club Empoli on loan for the duration of the 2021/22 Serie A season, making 40 appearances in all competitions, keeping 7 clean sheets in the league alone. By the end of that season, Empoli finished in 14th place in the league with 41 points and a very comfortable 11 points clear of the bottom three.
Guglielmo Vicario joined Gli Azzurri (The Blues) on a permanent basis for a reported fee in the region of €8.5 million ahead of the start of last season (2022/23). Over the course of the season, the Italian made 32 league appearances, with 31 of these coming in the Serie A. In Serie A, he kept 7 clean sheets in a season that saw the club finish in 14th once again, this time with 43 points. This season was memorable for Vicario’s impressive triple save in a match against Roma as well as his first senior call-up to the Italian National Team in September 2022.
And now Vicario is set to join Tottenham as the number one goalkeeper for Ange Postecoglu’s side ahead of the 2023/24 Premier League season.
This signing is promising with Vicario showing good form in recent times and the Italian could be an ideal replacement for captain Hugo Lloris.
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