TOTTENHAM EYEING UP GOALKEEPER TARGETS
It has been a rather tumultuous season for Tottenham, and this is no more evident than their recent Europa League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb, a defeat that once again has the knives sharpened for manager Jose Mourinho.
Whether Mourinho survives this managerial nadir at Tottenham remains to be seen and although this campaign has been tumultuous, there is still a chance that silverware may finally return to the club.
If enough is done by Mourinho to keep his status as employed and this could be down to a combination of factors, one would imagine an overhaul of the squad will take place over the course of the summer.
While when it comes to carrying out an overhaul of this nature, you sometimes need to look at the players who are not only considered deadwood but also those who could generate some transfer revenue for incoming players.
One of the players who fits the latter criteria is Hugo Lloris and with the club supposedly prepared to let him go at the end of the season, the search for a new number one goalkeeper is seemingly now underway.
Which means who will take the gloves from Lloris, should the 2018 World Cup winner depart and call time on his lengthy stint in N17. If reports are believed to be true, it seems as if there is a shortlist of three names.
Two of those are currently within the England setup and it is perhaps Dean Henderson who poses the most interesting prospect, as although he has made a recent number of appearances for Manchester United, he is not a guaranteed starter.
Which means he is certainly on the radar of clubs such as Tottenham and although his age and perceived value is not an issue, it is more the question as to whether Manchester United want to sell to a direct rival.
Therefore, focus may then be diverted to Nick Pope instead and with Burnley look to be staying in the Premier League for another season, they will not be required to carry out a relegation fire sale in a couple of months.
A scenario that also means that Burnley can name their price and with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy being a stickler for value, it may well mean that any potential bid for Pope is nothing more than a non-starter.
Another option could be one that sees Tottenham return to Ligue 1 and with Mike Maignan having previous links to Joao Sacramento at Lille, the French international may quickly have moved to the top of Spurs’ shopping list.
Maignan has been an impressive part, of a Lille squad who were top of the table before last weekend’s home defeat to Nimes and due to his consistent performances, the 25-year-old is on the radar of Europe’s biggest clubs.
The obvious link is one that sees Hugo Lloris with Mauricio Pochettino once again and if that were to be the case, Tottenham would be able to recoup a decent fee for someone of the former Lyon player’s age.
Which means, it should not be all that difficult to fund a move for Lille’s current number one and with him only being in his mid-twenties, there is every chance that Maignan could be the heir apparent to Lloris’ Tottenham goalkeeping crown.