Whether Real Madrid’s reported interest in Hugo Lloris is genuine or not yours truly cannot claim to know, but one thing’s for sure: if the Spanish giants want the Tottenham Hotspur star, then they will get him.
And here’s why.
Madrid get their man - they always get their man. If the 2014 Champions League winners make an offer for Lloris next summer, then they will get him. Nothing can stop them.
Leaving Spurs for the world’s biggest club will be a huge step-up for Lloris - just ask former Tottenham duo Lukas Modric and Gareth Bale.
The key question is whether Madrid need Lloris.
On the face of it, the Spanish giants do not. Iker Casillas is coach Carlo Ancelotti’s first-choice goalkeeper, while summer signing Keylor Navas is his deputy.
With Spain international Casillas now 33 years of age and questions being asked of his performances, Navas is his likely long-term successor. That is why he was recruited from Levante in the summer transfer window.
However, Lloris could be Casillas’s direct replacement if the Spaniard struggles to perform or decides to leave next summer.
As good as Navas is - and he is very good (probably as good as Lloris) - he does not have the ‘Galactico factor’ that Lloris has.
Over the years Madrid have shown that they often sign players based purely on their marketability and their ‘good looks’, and Lloris could be one of those signings.
Lloris is one of the best goalkeepers in Europe and is a France international. He has a certain reputation that could make him very tempting to Madrid.
Not so long ago Arsenal legend Ian Wright claimed that Lloris is the only world-class player that Tottenham have (click here to read more); if Madrid come calling next summer, then Spurs will be left without any.
Madrid themselves have given no indication that they want Lloris and will probably make Navas the number one goalkeeper in the future, but with the Spanish club everything is possible.
Remember, back in 2003 Madrid did not sign Ronaldinho and went for David Beckham instead...