How Spurs can cope without £16.5m targeted star

Hugo Lloris

Tottenham could be dealt a problem in the summer, with big-spending Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain looking to take star goalkeeper Hugo Lloris back to France.

Lloris, 27, arrived at White Hart Lane after four productive seasons with Lyon, and had established himself as one of the finest goalkeepers in Europe. His displays for club and country led to his £12m move to Spurs, and the Frenchman has gone on to prove his worth in the Premier League, which has now led to interest from elsewhere.

The problem for Spurs is that keeping hold of their star players without Champions League qualification is incredibly difficult, as the top players want to test themselves against the best – as seen by the recent departures of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to Real Madrid – and now it seems that Lloris is chasing the same dream.

"We're not at that point yet," Lloris said regarding his future in North London should Tim Sherwood's side miss out on the top four. "We'll see how things stand at the end of the season - especially as this season is longer with the World Cup. The objective first and foremost is to qualify for the Champions League and then, year by year, to get closer to the big guns in our league."

With this news, The Express claim PSG boss Laurent Blanc is looking to bid for Lloris, having coached the goalkeeper with the French national team between 2010 and 2012. Yohan Cabaye has already moved to the French capital from the Premier League, and with Chelsea's Eden Hazard also a target, it seems the big-spenders are preparing a raid on England in the summer.

But whilst a £16.5m bid is reportedly being prepared by PSG, it would leave Spurs without a goalkeeper. With technical director Franco Baldini particularly knowledgeable on Serie A players, PSG's Salvatore Sirigu could be used as a makeweight for Lloris.

The Italian starred for Palermo before moving to PSG, and the suggested arrival of Lloris would leave Sirigu – who will be battling to be the long-term replacement for Gianluigi Buffon with the Italy national team – on the fringes, and a goalkeeper of his quality will not be content with a place on the bench.

If Baldini has a positive view on Sirigu from his time in Italy, then Spurs should look to engineer a part-exchange deal. It may seem unlikely, but the potential arrival of Cesare Prandelli as Tottenham boss at the end of the season would possibly increase the possibility of Sirigu arriving at White Hart Lane.

As Lloris says, any decision will be made at the end of the season, and Spurs fans would be distraught to see their shot-stopper leave the club, but if they can land another top goalkeeper in exchange, it would certainly cushion the blow.

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