Reports out of England state Real Madrid is interested in signing goalkeeper Hugo Lloris away from Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
Madrid’s top choice to replace Iker Casillas in net is Manchester United’s David de Gea, but as United looks more unlikely to sell, The Telegraph is reporting that Real has turned its focus to Lloris.
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The 28-year-old French international is in his third season at White Hart Lane and has developed into one of the top goalkeepers in the world.
He started all five of France’s matches in the World Cup this summer, keeping three clean sheets.
Iker Casillas is in his 16th season at Real, and the club has been actively looking for a replacement for the five-time IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper.
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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, however, is not looking to sell his top goalkeeper, and will ask for a world-record fee should clubs come calling for Lloris’ services.
Juventus paid over $40 million for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001, the most ever spent for a goalkeeper, meaning Levy would likely be seeking more than $50 million for Lloris.
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Levy is known for his hardball antics, and his negotiation tactics have already angered Real when he held out for a record transfer for Gareth Bale in 2013.
With Real Madrid possibly facing transfer bans for breaching FIFA regulations regarding signing youth players from overseas, the club is eager to sign players this summer should they be penalized in the future. Lloris is an elite goalkeeper, but if Spurs are going to play hardball, Real could have to look for other options.