Huh, so maybe Spurs really ARE moving on to new goalkeeper targets. According to our good buddy Giancluca Di Marzio, Tottenham have reached a verbal agreement with Serie A side Empoli for the €20m transfer of Guglielmo Vicario.
Verbal agreement in principle between @EmpoliFC and @SpursOfficial for #Vicario's transfer on a €20m deal. Empoli are waiting for the written, official offer, to land in the coming hours. #THFC @SkySport— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) June 21, 2023
Yeah so remember how just a few hours ago I talked about Vicario and how he’s kind of an unknown but the stats seem to indicate he could be a quality player at a garbage team? It seems Tottenham Hotspur’s newly-employed stats nerds agree. As does our good friend Joel Wertheimer!
the entire list of keepers who were above -.02 psxg +/- per 90 for the last two seasons running. Alban Lafont of Nantes really jumps out. pic.twitter.com/REjCjnV9dj— Joel Wertheimer (@Wertwhile) June 21, 2023
It also seems to suggest that Spurs really have pulled the plug on the David Raya negotiations and are heading back to Italy for their next keeper. Vicario is 26, the eye test suggests that he might be pretty good! But the caveat is that publicly available advanced goalkeeping statistics are pretty unreliable, so we’re mostly going on vibes and blind faith that Spurs have identified a gem. Take THAT, Brentford!
Also, Vicario did this in a Serie A match against Roma, and like... wow.
Not one, not two but three!— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) February 4, 2023
A huge triple save from Guglielmo Vicario. pic.twitter.com/1rICCYAik7
Assuming these rumors are true, the crux of it all is this: Spurs are potentially getting a keeper under the age of 30 who quite possibly is either a lot better than the team he was on or has huge upside and who can grow into the role. And Spurs aren’t breaking the bank — £17.2m is pretty cheap for what could be a real sleeper keeper.
My brain wanted David Raya for the homegrown and my heart wanted Giorgi Mamardashvili for the dreams, but I’m starting to like the idea of Guglielmo Vicario for the vibes. The only question is — how do you pronounce his name? (Carty Free Slack has already nicknamed him “Googly-Elmo.”)