More valuable than Bale? Sherwood slaps £100m price tag on Spurs star

Hugo Lloris Euro 2012 Penalty

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood says it would take a £100m offer to prise goalkeeper Hugo Lloris away from White Hart Lane.

Lloris, 27, made his reputation as a promising shot stopper in France with Nice before earning a big move to Lyon, where he established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in Europe. Entrenched as the No. 1 goalkeeper for the French national team, it was something of a surprise when Lloris chose to join Spurs after Euro 2012, arriving for a bargain deal worth up to £12.5m.

But his impressive displays in North London haven't gone unnoticed, with Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain recently linked with Lloris, as those sides can offer him something that Spurs currently can't - Champions League football - and Lloris hinted at a potential summer exit earlier this year.

Yet manager Sherwood - who could yet leave the club this summer - believes the his goalkeeper should command a fee similar to that of Gareth Bale last summer, after Spurs shipped the Welshman off to Real Madrid for a world-record £86m.

"He is one of the best keepers around," said Sherwood. "Of course, people are going to want him. But I'm also sure the club won't be tempted to get rid of him. He is one of the top goalies and unless someone is going to spend £100million on him - and keepers do not get bought for that money - I don't think he will leave."

"It was only that kind of figure that tempted the club to sell Gareth Bale - and he desperately wanted to leave and progress his career at Real Madrid. He hasn't got to play a blinder for France at the World Cup because people already know what he can do. They know he is a fantastic goalie.

"Even if he was terrible for France, I don't think it would make a difference as to how people view him. Everyone can recognise it. He has never said to me or anyone else at the club that he wants to leave. And he does not perform like he wants to leave. He gives everything all the time and that is why he is a favourite of the players and fans."

Of course, this looks like a ploy from Sherwood to deter any teams from making a bid for the goalkeeper, especially considering that the world record fee for a goalkeeper was £47.5m for Gianluigi Buffon back in 2001 when the Italian international left Parma for Juventus - and Lloris, at this point, isn't near to what Buffon was back then.

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