Old Trafford side given boost in pursuit of White Hart Lane keeper.
Tottenham are readying a move for Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda should they fail to retain the services of first-choice custodian Hugo Lloris, according to the Sunday Mirror.
The Sunday Mirror claim Man United are ready to make a £25 million bid for Lloris as a potential replacement for David De Gea, with the Spaniard having been a long-term Real Madrid target [Sky Sports].
News that the White Hart Lane side have started planning for the possibility of Lloris’s exit will no doubt please Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal.
Lloris wants Champions League action and it’s an ambition he has not managed to secure at Tottenham for the 2015/16 season and this has led to speculation that the former Lyon man could be set for a summer transfer [ESPN].
The Spurs star could be an ideal option for Man United to turn to should they lose De Gea; not only is Lloris a hugely consistent performer, he also has a good grounding of Premier League experience and a keeper who makes few errors.
At only 28, he also has several years of his prime ahead of him, and the Red Devils may well be delighted to acquire a player at the top of his game.
Spurs paid Lyon £8 million for Lloris in the summer of 2012 [via Daily Mail], so if chairman Daniel Levy can triple that outlay with a sale of the goalkeeper to Man United then the North London side will have done well.
30-year-old Zaire-born French international Mandanda, Lloris’s national team deputy, has been a virtual ever-present at the Stade Velodrome side where he has made 368 appearances for Phoceens.