Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has told Sky Sports that Tottenham Hotspur will find it tough to keep hold of Hugo Lloris in the summer transfer window.
The France international joined Tottenham from French club Lyon in the summer of 2012 and has been one of the most consistent performers for the team.
Former Arsenal striker Henry seems to rate his compatriot highly, but he believes that North London outfit Spurs will struggle to retain the services of the 28-year-old for next season.
“One of things that they will have to deal with next season is: are they going to keep Hugo Lloris, the club captain? He has been vital for them this season,” the former France international told Sky Sports on Sunday.
“I think it will be a struggle (for them to keep hold of him). I am sure he wants to play in the Champions League.”
With Tottenham set to finish outside the top four in the Premier League yet again, Henry’s ‘prediction’ could come true.
Lloris is arguably the only world-class player in the current Tottenham team, and one suspects that he has ambition to play in the Champions League.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is a tough negotiator when it comes to transfers, and he is unlikely to sell the Frenchman without getting a good deal.
The problem with the Lloris deal is finding a suitable replacement. Lloris is a world-class goalkeeper, and Tottenham will find it extremely tough to sign someone of similar stature.