Tottenham are interested in Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez after first choice shop-stopper Hugo Lloris was ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury.
According to Marca, as reported by Football Espana, Mauricio Pochettino’s side had offered 500,000 euros to sign the highly rated 21-year-old with a view to signing him permanently next summer for around 7 million euros.
However, despite signing impressive Olympiakos goalkeeper Roberto in June, Espanyol rejected the offer and are intent on holding out for a larger fee.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy drives a notoriously hard bargain and may be unlikely to pay over the odds for Lopez, who will revert to back-up status once undisputed number one Lloris (below) returns in four weeks.
Therefore, Tottenham may scan the market for an alternative with the unconvincing Michel Vorm and untested youngster Luke McGee both vying to start against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
But who else could stand between the sticks for Tottenham while one of the world’s best goalkeepers nurses his knock from the stands?
Spurs know all about Tim Krul. Almost too much. After all, his astonishing 14 saves in Newcastle’s shock 1-0 win at White Hart Lane in November 2013 left something of an indelible mark on the memory.
However, after missing almost the entirety of last season with a cruciate ligament injury, one of Europe’s most promising young goalkeepers suddenly finds himself in the Championship, behind Matz Sels in the pecking order. Rob Elliott and Karl Darlow also impressed sporadically when called upon last season too, casting doubt on the Dutchman’s long-term future at St James’.
As reported by The Sun yesterday, Magpies coach Rafa Benitez admitted the club could sell Krul, who has just one year left on his contract. A switch to the capital could suit both parties.
Just in case you’ve been engaging in some social media detox in the Tibetan mountains, Joe Hart was dropped to the bench by Pep Guardiola last week. And, according to The Guardian, the England number one is intent on a transfer to a club in the Champions League, effectively ruling out a potential move to Ronald Koeman’s Everton.
Guardiola is likely to sanction Hart’s departure with Claudio Bravo expected to arrive from Barcelona this week and, at Spurs, the 29-year-old will not have to adapt his approach radically to fit in.
Yet, the presence of Lloris, one of the few goalkeeper’s considered superior to Hart in the top flight, may make Hart think twice. If he doesn’t want to gather splinters on City’s bench, why do the same at Spurs?
Linked with City until the Bravo rumours entered overload, Patricio is still heavily tipped to depart Sporting Lisbon during the next two weeks after somewhat outgrowing the Portuguese top flight.
Patricio, who started every game as Portugal won their first international trophy at Euro 2016, is the epitome of a modern goalkeeper, an agile shot-stopper comfortable with both his hands and feet, although the presence of a £38.8 million release clause may make Levy thing twice about a player who is likely to adopt a back-up role this season.
However, Tottenham’s desire to challenge both domestically and on the continent in the Champions League may convince the Spurs hierarchy that they have to spend big to achieve big.