Recently Tottenham Hotspur fans were reassured over the future of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris when he told French newspaper L’Equipe that he was happy in London. However, this won’t stop Europe’s top clubs being linked with a move for the 28-year-old stopper.
Today reports from the Corriere dello Sport suggested that Roma could be the next club to try and test Lloris’s happiness in the English capital as they look to strengthen their team for next season.
Roma’s current No. 1 is 37-year-old Morgan De Sanctis and the former Udinese and Napoli ‘keeper is reportedly not sure whether to sign a new contract at the Rome club or retire from football altogether. The latter would leave Roma short of a top-class goalkeeper between the sticks and coach Rudi Garcia would be looking for an upgrade if Roma are to have any chance of catching Juventus at the top of Serie A.
In the past, stories linking certain clubs to the French goalkeeper have been easy to dismiss. Paris Saint-Germain are regularly mentioned, but with Salvatore Sirigu one of the best ‘keepers in Ligue 1 it is incredibly unlikely they are going to splash out a huge amount of cash on a new goalkeeper.
AS Monaco were also linked in the past, but even with Lloris’ family residing in the area, the new project saw the club having to sell James Rodriguez and loan out Radamel Falcao, so it would be surprising if the Monegasque side were able to afford to lure him from London.
Roma, under the ownership of Italian American investor James Pallotta, would have the financial muscle to afford Lloris plus the prospect of Champions League football, something he won’t get playing for Spurs.
Also, having French boss Rudi Garcia in charge could appeal to the goalkeeper. Garcia has turned around the fortunes of the Rome club and is building a side capable of competing in both Serie A and the Champions League.
Lloris is not in trouble of losing his place as France’s No. 1 goalkeeper, but missing out in playing in the Champions League could stop him from becoming one of the best stoppers in Europe.
Lloris was critical of Spurs's history of sacking coaches, hinting that having three bosses in a year meant that the coach might not necessarily be the problem at the club. If Pochettino was to leave before the start of next season, this could be the spark that triggers Lloris to question his future at the London club.