The Premier League goalkeeping saga continues to progress through the summer. With David De Gea’s on-again 0ff-again move to Real Madrid continually in flux, the rest of the league is seemingly waiting for that to play out as the first domino to fall.
One man who’s future likely hinges on De Gea’s decision is Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Many feel he is a goalkeeper of Champions League quality, but the occasional reports of him leaving London have stepped up this summer, tabbed as De Gea’s replacement.
An agent with a connection to the club has come out publicly to say his impression is that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will not sell Lloris at any price, believing that the Frenchman along with a full season of Harry Kane up front can lead the club to the Champions League for the first time since the 2010/11 season.
When asked about his client, Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin, agent Mateo Roggi explained to TuttoMercatoWeb, “Tottenham are aiming for the Champions League next year, so they have decided not to sell the two stars in the squad, Harry Kane and Lloris, regardless of price.” Perin has been labeled as another possible target for Manchester United should they indeed lose De Gea.
However, the French media is painting a different story. French paper L’Equipe is reporting that Lloris has a verbal agreement with Levy that the chairman will sell should anyone bid higher than $28 million. That report should also be taken with a grain of salt, as it’s likely there are those within the French media who are actively trying to push Lloris towards a Champions League move, and could be looking to influence those who would otherwise avoid bidding on an unavailable player.
Little is likely to be known on this for a while, and until De Gea makes his move, the other moves will have to wait. Everyone has an agenda, and it’s hard to sift the legitimate reports from those driven by ulterior motives.