Tottenham must take gamble on available Donnarumma

According to reports in Italy, Liverpool are looking to grab AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma this summer, but Tottenham should take the opportunity to sign a long term replacement for Hugo Lloris.

What’s the story?

A recent report from Calciomercato claims Liverpool are eyeing a summer swoop for Donnarumma in light of Milan’s financial troubles. The Reds are said to be on red alert as they continue to build a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League.

The Italian giants are facing a penalty for breaching financial fair play regulations in last summer’s massive summer spending spree, and could even be axed from European competition next season, potentially forcing several players out the door this summer.

It’s claimed AC Milan are looking for €60million for Donnarumma, which converts to £52.55million, and Tottenham should absolutely be getting involved in the race to sign him.

Better than Lloris?

Plenty of Tottenham fans will be completely against the idea of replacing Hugo Lloris, and the Frenchman is certainly deserving of the captain’s armband from a leadership point of view.

However, the shot stopper will turn 32 this year, and his five errors leading to goals this season was the second most in the league (Arsenal’s Petr Cech had six). Lloris has started to look increasingly error prone as he has entered his thirties, and it’s better replace him too soon than too late.

Donnarumma has regressed slightly this season after his incredible breakout aged just 16, but the teenager is still an excellent young goalkeeper, and is seen as Italy’s long term successor to Gianluigi Buffon.

The young Italian is prone to lapses of concentration himself, but at just 19 that is to be expected, and he does not necessarily need to take the number one shirt in North London straight away.

Similarly to how Jürgen Klopp wanted to have Simon Mignolet and Loris Karis fighting for the number one spot at Anfield as equals, Pochettino could do the exact same with Lloris and Donnarumma, both of which are far superior stoppers to the Liverpool pair.

Whether Donnarumma shows his earlier form and takes Lloris’ spot almost immediately, or whether he learns on the job from the Frenchman and replaces him next summer, the 19-year-old’s availability is just too good to pass up, and Pochettino and Spurs must take the gamble.

So, Tottenham fans, would you swoop for Donnarumma at £35m? Or keep faith in Hugo Lloris? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…