This is according to Julien Laurens, who was speaking to the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust on Monday night. The French journalist understands Lloris, the captain of the France national team, will be available to any Champions League club for this relatively low fee provided Spurs fail to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition themselves.
United are expected to qualify for the Champions League, despite back-to-back defeats against Chelsea and Everton, and could be on the hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer with David de Gea looking increasingly likely to join Real Madrid.
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The Red Devils have former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes as back-up to De Gea, but the Spaniard has not played competitive football for over a year and may no longer be the world-class operator he once was.
The chance to sign the superb Lloris then, particularly for such a low price, is likely to tempt the likes of Louis van Gaal and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
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De Gea likely to join Real Madrid
It was reported last week that Lloris would be a potential option for Manchester United if De Gea leaves Old Trafford at the end of the season.
Van Gaal, meanwhile, stated on Friday that United have offered De Gea a huge contract - worth a reported £200,000-a-week - but the Spain international’s failure to put pen-to-paper on a new deal indicates the 24-year-old is almost certainly holding out for a move to the Bernabeu.
De Gea has been superb, on the whole, this season - but his focus appears to have lapsed in recent weeks. He looked particularly unconvincing during United’s 3-0 defeat to Everton on Sunday afternoon, and it would come as little surprise if the Premier League’s Goalkeeper of the Year has been mentally affected by the intense speculation surrounding his future in recent weeks.
Lloris would be a fine replacement
The Spaniard is by no means irreplaceable and Lloris would be a fine alternative.
Few goalkeepers have been more consistent than Lloris since the 28-year-old arrived at White Hart Lane in the summer of 2012, and he possesses more than enough experience to flourish at a club like Manchester United.
His knack of knowing when to rush off his line to clear danger is second-to-none; the only slight concern for Van Gaal would be his kicking.
But for such a low fee, both Manchester United and Arsenal would be silly not to attempt to acquire his signature.
Manchester United fans: is Hugo Lloris good enough to replace David de Gea at Old Trafford? Have your say in the comments below!
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