Tottenham Hotspur have rubbished speculation that they would be prepared to cash in on Hugo Lloris should they receive a £25million bid.
The France international has been at White Hart Lane since the summer of 2012, when the Londoners paid around £10million to prise him from Lyon. Lloris arrived in England with the reputation as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe, having established himself as the number one choice for his country, and he has certainly lived up to this billing whilst in the Premier League.
Some pundits even claim the 28-year-old is the best stopper in the country, even with the excellent form of Manchester United’s David de Gea and the emergence of Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea. So it was perhaps a little strange to read in The Sun on Monday that Tottenham would be prepared to offload the player in the summer, should an offer of £25million arrive on their desk.
This would represent a handsome profit for Spurs, and it is a fee the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain would pay in a heartbeat. Iker Casillas is no longer considered to be amongst the world’s elite, and his rival at the Bernabeu, Keylor Navas, has yet to convince. The French club, meanwhile, would no doubt see their native as a better option that current first choice Salvatore Sirigu.
However, Tottenham have been made aware of the speculation linking Lloris with a move away from the club at the end of the season, and have responded accordingly. When asked by Sky Sports if they would indeed be prepared to offload their vice-captain, a club spokesman replied: “There is no substance to the reports. We have talented players and we expect this sort of thing.”
Since arriving in London, Lloris has made a century of appearances in all competitions. Despite being named as Younes Kaboul’s understudy for the armband, the defender has had a troubled season and his compatriot has been given the honour in recent weeks; yet the former Lyon man is expected to be given this role on a permanent basis next term, with Jan Vertonghen deputising.
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