In late June, Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio reported that Hellas Verona were closing in on the signing of Manchester United goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.
The shot stopper agreed to join the United academy from Fiorentina under contentious circumstances in June 2011, though a broken leg pushed back his registration date.
Gollini eventually turned out for the Red Devils’ U-18 side in March 2012 as a 17-year-old, moving up the ranks to the U-19 and U-21 teams over the past two seasons.
And United reportedly saw fit to offer the Italian a new contract this year but facing a high climb to break into the senior set-up, he chose to pursue a move back to his homeland.
Hellas Verona have followed up Di Marzio’s report by confirming their capture of the 19-year-old, currently captain of the Azzurri U-19 squad.
Gollini was pictured on the Mastini’s official Twitter account taking his medical at the club’s training base, where he signed a contract of undisclosed terms.
The teenage goalkeeper has most likely been signed as the long-term successor to the 32-year-old Rafael, who has been at Verona for six years and has a deal that expires in 2016.