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Hugo Lloris has £18 million release clause in his contract

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Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was given verbal reassurances that he could leave the club if an offer worth £18 million is made by one of his suitors, according to reports in France.

Lloris is believed to be a target for Real Madrid in the summer window, and has been suggested as Manchester United's preferred target if David de Gea leaves the club.

According to L'Equipe, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy told Lloris he could leave the club is someone offers €25 million, despite the fact that Lloris himself has insisted there is no clause in his contract. The 28-year-old has previously hinted he wants to be playing in the Champions League next season which he won't be able to do at Tottenham, who only finished fifth last season.

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The former Lyon ace also seemed to suggest that Manchester United is his preferred destination. "Any player needs to play at a high level to improve yourself," he told Sky Sports.

"I think every player wants to play this competition [the Champions League] because it's a high level and we work for that, we work every day for that and I hope to get there and there's a chance in my career to play Champions League."

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However the feeling coming from Old Trafford is that Lloris will be too difficult to lure away from White Hart Lane. He recently penned a five-year contract and Levy is adamant that he will not be letting any of his star players leave in the summer window.

Signings

Instead it seems as though the Red Devils will focus their efforts on signing Jasper Cillessen from Ajax - however that could prove to be troublesome too. The Dutch club value him at £35 million while manager Louis van Gaal isn't willing to pay more than about £20 million, meaning he could be forced to rely on Victor Valdes for a season.

The former Barcelona ace signed an 18-month contract at Old Trafford back in the January transfer window and stepped in for De Gea when he suffered an injury at the end of last season - however it doesn't appear as though Van Gaal views him as a legitimate number one.

Opinion

When it comes to dealing with Daniel Levy there is no ambiguity - get it in writing or get nothing at all. The notion that he would have had a 'verbal agreement' with Lloris is laughable - and if it's true the the French goalkeeper is on a hiding to nothing if he's hoping that Levy will keep his word.

Lloris is undoubtedly good enough to replace De Gea and he deserves to be playing in the Champions League - however it seems as though the easiest way for him to do that is to help Spurs get there.

Which goalkeeper is better - Hugo Lloris or David de Gea?

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