Arsenal Plotting Audacious Swoop On Tottenham For £25m Star
Arsenal are preparing to make an audacious swoop on North London rivals Tottenham for £25m-rated goalkeeper Hugo Lloris this summer, according to reports
With the January transfer window coming to a close, managers are frantically trying to tie-up those late deals and strengthen their squads ahead of the second half of the season, so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Arsenal are lining-up a move for Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris….
Arsenal are lining-up an audacious swoop on North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for £25m-rated goalkeeper Hugo Lloris this summer, according to reports today.
Lloris has been at Spurs since joining the club from Lyon in 2012 and has established himself as one of the very best keepers in Europe during his two-and-a-half years at White Hart Lane.
However, it appears his impressive form has alerted rivals Arsenal with the Daily Star citing reports coming out of France from L’Equipe who claim that Arsene Wenger is plotting a shock swoop for the 28-year-old this summer.
The Gunners boss is believed to be considering his goalkeeping options after becoming increasingly frustrated with regular number one, Wojciech Szczesny. The Polish international was dropped for three games following his disappointing performance against Southampton earlier this month, while he was also disciplined for smoking in the dressing room at St Mary’s after the game.
Szczesny returned between the sticks for last weekend’s FA Cup clash with Brighton but conceded twice during a 3-2 win and Wenger is expected to recall David Ospina for Sunday’s Premier League match with Aston Villa.
The Colombian has done reasonably well since coming into the side but the Daily Star claim that Wenger wants to bring in another first choice keeper as a long-term replacement for Szczesny and has identified Lloris as the ideal man for the job.
The newspaper suggests the French international would cost around £25m but the Gunners could face competition from Real Madrid and PSG, with the duo also understood to be keeping an eye on his situation.
Lloris has shown no sign that he’s unhappy at Tottenham but he could look to leave in search of Champions League football if they don’t finish in the top four this season. Obviously any potential move to Arsenal is going to be complicated due to the rivalry between the two clubs and Spurs fans would be furious if they agreed to do business with their great foes.
The last player to leave White Hart Lane for Arsenal was Sol Campbell when the defender made a free transfer move to Highbury in 2011 and the Spurs fans have never let him live it down, so Lloris would be in for similar treatment if he jumped ship this summer.
However, I personally don’t think there’s any chance of a deal happening as Daniel Levy is highly unlikely to sell arguably his best player to Arsenal, so if Lloris does leave at the end of the season I think we’ll see him move abroad.