Back in August 2012, Hugo Lloris transferred from Lyon to Tottenham Hotspur for around £11m. Since his move, he has been regarded as one of the best players at the football club, with some saying he has reached world-class status. Last summer, he was rewarded for his efforts with a new five-year contract.
Spurs set the target for a top four finish almost every season, but they haven’t played Champions League football since the 2010-11 season. Many of Tottenham’s world-class players, like Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, have moved on from the club due to the lack of success, silverware, and top European football being achieved. Lloris is the only world-class player in the Spurs squad at the moment, and with their current results and position in the league and in Europe, he may about to leave as well.
If he is, here are FIVE possible destinations he could leave for.
The French giants are one of the clubs interested in purchasing the Frenchman. Whilst Lloris has insisted that he left Lyon and France to play in Europe’s top competition, he may be tempted to move back due to the ambitions of the football club, who want to win the Champions League. He would fit right in amongst the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimović, Thiago Silva, Lucas, and Marco Verratti.
Whilst they don’t have any real defensive problems now, Atletico Madrid may still be on the hunt for a world-class goalkeeper. The Spanish side was able to win the La Liga and reach the final of the Champions League last season thanks to the performances of loanee goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea. Now he has gone back to his parent club, Los Colchoneros may be looking for another world-class goalkeeper to help them reach the same achievements.
Another club in France who might be interested in bringing the goalkeeper home is AS Monaco. The big spenders will definitely be able to handle any type of contract requests Lloris has, but the problem might be their lack of tangible success in recent years. Despite the money invested in the club, they have failed to win a major French competition since 2003 when they won the Coupe de la Ligue. This would be off putting for Lloris.
Recent rumours have linked the French goalkeeper to Spanish giants Real Madrid. Whilst Iker Casillas is currently seen as the No.1 at Los Blancos, they may look to bring in the 27-year-old as his replacement for the future. The prestige of the club will surely be attractive for Lloris as the Spanish side managed to win the Champions League last season.
Whilst this might be one of the moves that will never happen unless hell freezes over, it does have some logic to it. The Gunners current goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been performing under par and under expectation set upon him. This was demonstrated on many occasions this season, most recently during Arsenal’s 3-3 draw against Anderlecht in the Champions League, after being 3-0 up. The Polish made several errors during the game which cost his side the three points. The 24-year-old could be replaced with Lloris, who would help Arsenal reach their targets in domestic competitions and in Europe, reviving their hopes of once again winning the Premier League