Real Madrid eye Lloris, Spurs confident of fending-off interest

Spanish giants Real Madrid have added Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris to their summer short-list but the North London side are confident of keeping their goalkeeper, The Telegraph reports.

What’s the word?

Real Madrid seem content on bolstering their options between the sticks this summer and the latest name on their short-list is Spurs captain Hugo Lloris, who joins fellow Premier League stoppers Thibaut Courtois and David De Gea on Los Blancos’ wish-list.

30-year-old Lloris, who only signed a new contract until 2022 last month, is seen by Real Madrid as a more affordable alternative to Chelsea’s Courtois and Manchester United’s De Gea- but Spurs are confident their skipper isn’t interested in a move.

Real Madrid do have the finances to make a deal appealing though but their priority is Thibaut Courtois, who has experience in the Spanish capital having played for Atletico Madrid and has his family still living in the city.

Chelsea are keen to keep him though and Real Madrid may have to accept defeat if the 24-year-old signs a new deal at the club, which would then see Zinedine Zidane target a move for compatriot Hugo Lloris.

Should Lloris move?

A couple of seasons ago, when Tottenham Hotspur were out of the Champions League, the answer would have been yes. No though, the Lilywhites are not only establishing themselves as top-four regulars but have also stood as title competitors in each of the last two seasons.

Remaining competitive though is a potential issue, as Spurs will have to balance the finances of building their new stadium whilst the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United will continue splashing the cash.

That leaves Spurs alongside North London rivals Arsenal and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool likely fighting for the fourth and final Champions League spot. Although Mauricio Pochettino’s side would fancy their chances on current form, the two giants of English football are likely to enjoy a resurgence in the coming years.

As such, it is difficult for Lloris to judge a move but the fact that the World Cup will take place at the end of next season could help Spurs in their quest to keep their captain at White Hart Lane, as moving the season before an international tournament could have repercussions.