Reported Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Koen Casteels is open to a move to the club…
According to Sport Bild’s head of football Christian Falk, the Wolfsburg shot-stopper is enticed by the idea of swapping the Bundesliga for north London as he targets a spot in Belgium’s 2022 World Cup squad.
Spurs were first linked to the 28-year-old goalkeeper last month as the Daily Mail claimed the club were looking for cheaper alternatives to £30m-rated England international Nick Pope as they ramped up their search for a potential successor to Hugo Lloris.
It remains to be seen how much Casteels would cost Daniel Levy this summer, though CIES Football Observatory current value the 6 foot 6 giant at around €20m (£18m).
Lloris’ future in north London is by no means certain. He’ll enter the final year of his contract next season and has former boss Mauricio Pochettino keeping tabs on his situation over at Paris Saint-Germain.
Levy could well be inclined to cash in on the 34-year-old veteran before it’s too late. The French no.1 has also struggled for form this campaign, leading to pundits questioning his ability.
Speaking to talkSPORT following a 5-4 defeat to Everton in the FA Cup, Jason Cundy urged the club to move their captain on. “Lloris has got to move on,” he said. “He is a weak link. The Calvert-Lewin goal was embarrassing and I don’t think he fills that Tottenham defence with any confidence.”
Given the lack of funds available this summer, Casteels could certainly be a viable and bargain option to replace him, especially as he carries similar leadership qualities and is also their club captain.
After signing a contract extension in 2019, Wolfsburg director of sport Jorg Schmadtke heaped praise on the Belgian, he said: “Koen has developed into one of the best goalkeepers in the world at VfL, and his quality and character are a huge support and a role model for the whole team.”
The one-cap international has enjoyed a pretty respectable season too, having kept 17 clean sheets in 32 appearances in all competitions, including impressive feats against Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach.
He’s let in only 27 goals too, which is better than Lloris’ season even despite Spurs ranking fourth in the Premier League for best defence. The long-serving goalkeeper has leaked a whopping 48 goals in all competitions, keeping just 12 clean sheets.
Casteels is sat behind some top Belgian keepers at the minute, but a move to the Premier League could certainly aid his credentials in what would be a crucial year ahead of the World Cup.
It could prove to be a mutually beneficial signing, so Levy must look to get this done this summer.