Manchester United look to be leading the chase to sign one of Tottenham Hotspur’s star performers of the season in this summer’s transfer window.
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Hugo Lloris was quoted as praising Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu in L’Equipe this week, which would surely a move to the Parc des Princes unlikely.
“This is only my personal opinion but I think people have been very hard on Sirigu,” explained Lloris. I do not know if it was to destabilise PSG at an important time of the season but I think he has done wonderful things in Paris and people forget too easily.”
L’Equipe’s angle on the story appeared to be the prospective move to PSG, but while Lloris would not say specifically that he was happy at Spurs, he did indicate that he saw his future in the Premier League.
“Never say never but my ideas are clear in my head,” said the 28 year-old. “Tomorrow I do not know [if a move to France is on the cards] but today I am in a different logic.”
L’Equipe also claims that Lloris has been in contact with Man Utd over a possible move to Old Trafford, with the Red Devils perhaps set to be in need of a new big signing as their number one.
Rumours surrounding United’s interest in the 28-year-old stem from strong speculation that David de Gea is wanted by Spanish giants Real Madrid this summer, having caught the eye after some hugely impressive form in the Premier League this season.
ESPN claims that de Gea is considering his future and is unsure over where he will be playing his football next season, and if United need a big name to fill his gloves next term, they could certainly do far worse than Lloris.
The French international has really impressed at White Hart Lane since he joined Spurs from Ligue 1 side Lyon back in 2012, making some eye-catching saves and showing a strong command of his penalty area. His speed off his line has been a huge asset for Tottenham in this modern age of the sweeper keeper, pioneered by Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer, and has allowed Spurs to play a high line without fear of balls played in behind the defence.
Lloris certainly looks a player who could be playing for a bigger club, with Tottenham once again missing out on the Champions League this season after only finishing 5th in the table, meaning the player could no doubt be tempted by an offer from United, who made it back into Europe’s top club competition by finishing 4th.
Although losing de Gea would be a blow for manager Louis van Gaal, this latest report from L’Equipe suggests the Dutchman is already preparing for his star player’s departure, and will show plenty of ambition in an attempt to replace him.