Real Madrid are set to make a sensational move for Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, 29.
Currently with France as they prepare to meet Iceland in tonight’s Euro 2016 quarter-final against Iceland, Lloris was impressive as Tottenham enjoyed their most successful Premier League season in 2015/16.
The north London club were for a long time, the only genuine rivals to Leicester City for the title. The season imploded in an ill-tempered 2 – 2 draw at Stamford Bridge as they slid to third place. To rub salt into their wounds, neighbours Arsenal stole second place on the final day of the season as Tottenham collapsed 1 – 5 at St James Park.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino is determined to avoid a repeat of that scenario and Lloris is a key player in those plans. Real, however, believe the lure of European glory will prove too strong to resist and are prepared to pay £35m to take him to the Bernabeu.
Lloris has been in talks over a new deal and has confidence in the Argentinean manager to improve the club’s fortunes. He has been at White Hart Lane for 2012 and has been impressed by Pochettino’s methods.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has proved adept at extracting huge fees from the sale of stars in the past and still harbours a grudge against the Spanish giants for selling Mesut Özil to Arsenal. When Gareth Bale left, Levy wanted to include a clause in the deal which prevented the German joining the Gunners but Real refused to accede to this demand.
This time, they may pay the penalty with an inflated fee for Lloris’ signature.
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