Tottenham Hotspur could be all change in the goalkeeper position this summer, if emerging reports are to be believed…
According to the Daily Mail, Spurs are exploring alternative targets to Burnley’s Nick Pope in fear of being priced out of the England international, and one name that they are keen on is Lille shot-stopper Mike Maignan.
It’s thought that the Clarets will demand in excess of £30m for the 28-year-old, something that Daniel Levy may not be able to afford in the current financial climate.
Maignan will enter the final year of his contract at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy at the end of the season, so could be available for a cut-price deal.
Transfermarkt currently value the French international at £18m, whilst it remains to be seen how much the Ligue 1 joint-leaders would want for their first-choice goalkeeper.
The 25-year-old has started all 30 of Lille’s league matches this term, keeping 16 clean sheets in the process on their way to challenging Paris Saint-Germain for the title.
And it is the French champions that play an interesting role in this potential deal as the report also claims that Hugo Lloris’ future in north London remains uncertain as PSG are interested in signing him.
The 34-year-old veteran has somewhat regressed over the past 18 months or so, with more and more errors creeping into his game.
Premier League matches against Aston Villa and Brighton last season saw him fumble the ball for the opposition to score, whilst earlier this season, Lloris was dubbed “lettuce wrists” and a “weak link” of Jose Mourinho’s side as he let in five goals against Everton in the FA Cup.
Maignan is a decent replacement to make. He’s silenced some pretty big names this term, having stopped the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and one-time Spurs target Arek Milik from scoring.
It also presents an opportunity to move on from the past, and to start planning for the future. Goalkeepers do last a lot longer than most players these days, but at 34, Lloris is on the wrong side of that, whereas at 25, Maignan can become Spurs’ long-term option for the next five-to-six years, at least.
In addition to all that, two of Spurs’ current staff members – assistant Joao Sacramento and goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos – have worked with him before at Lille, and according to L’Equipe (via Sport Witness), they believe he has ‘enormous potential.’
No Ligue 1 side has conceded fewer goals than Lille (19) this term and by comparison, Mourinho’s side have leaked 11 more goals, often to individual mistakes at the back. Lloris is usually one main culprit, too.
Given the interest in Maignan, it could be the final nail in the coffin for Lloris’ future at Spurs.
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