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Tottenham will demand world record fee for Hugo Lloris

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Tottenham will do all they can to stop Hugo Lloris leaving at the end of the season, according to the Telegraph

The paper adds that chairman Daniel Levy will demand a world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper if he does try and force an exit. Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon is currently the most expensive shotstopper in the world after his £32.6million move to the Turin-based club in 2001.

Move

Reports surfaced earlier this week claiming that Lloris was keen on a move in order to play in the Champions League, and he's been named as a potential replacement for David de Gea at Manchester United should he switch to Real Madrid in the summer.

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The Telegraph report that Tottenham are determined to keep hold of Lloris for at least another season as they try to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since the 2009/10 campaign. That looks highly unlikely to happen this season with seven points separating them from Manchester United in fourth and just four games to go.

Potential

However Spurs have shown glimpses of potential this season under new boss Mauricio Pochettino having recorded big wins against Arsenal and Chelsea and made it to the Capital One Cup final, and the north London club will hope the promise of more to come will persuade Lloris to stay at White Hart Lane for the time being at least.

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Along with Manchester United, Real Madrid could turn their attention to Lloris if the fail to land De Gea, while Paris Saint-Germain have been credited with an interest in the 28-year-old. 

Madrid have experience of dealing with Daniel Levy in the past having forked out a world record £82 million for Gareth Bale in 2013, and may be wary of opening talks with the Spurs chairman who has a reputation as a difficult negotiator. He will be an even tricker adversary to deal with given that Lloris signed a new five-year contract last summer while the Telegraph add that the former Lyon ace doesn't have a get-out clause in his contract as had been claimed.

Hope

Another player Tottenham aren't willing to let leave just yet is record signing Erik Lamela. The Argentinian cost £30 million from Roma in 2013 but is yet to fulfil his potential at White Hart Lane amidst mounting reports that he could return to Italy.

However the Telegraph say that Levy remains a fan of the young forward, and will only listen to bids if he is able to recoup a large portion of the fee he paid out almost two years ago.

Opinion

There's no doubting Lloris' status as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and it's right that Tottenham demand a hefty bid - although it's classic Levy to want a record fee for him.

The Frenchman is a commanding presence in the Spurs team and as a senior figure has captained the team in Younes Kaboul's absence - however he might not be quite as vital as he once was. The 28-year-old was drafted in to support the high defensive line deployed by Andre Villas-Boas, and although Pochettino likes his team to press he isn't quite as aggressive and so isn't as reliant on Lloris offering support by rushing out of his box.

That doesn't necessarily make him any more dispensable as he's a world class shot-stopper and perhaps the most agile 'keeper in the league, but it does make replacing him - if Michel Vorm isn't up to the job - just that little bit easier. 

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