Real Madrid have now placed Hugo Lloris on the top of their shopping list in their hunt for a new goalkeeper as interest in David de Gea cools, reports The Express.
The Manchester United goalkeeper has been strongly linked with a move to the Bernabeu in recent weeks as he continues to stall over a new contract. His deal at Old Trafford expires in 2016 and new £120,000-a-week offer remains unsigned.
With Iker Casillas set to be shown the exit door by Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid are keen to get a long-term successor in soon. As De Gea is Spanish, he would be the preferred choice but it seems Los Blancos are ready to turn their attention to another top stopper.
Too good for Tottenham?
Lloris is generally accepted to be the most talented of Tottenham's players and has been linked with some of Europe's biggest teams as a result. Ligue 1 big spenders PSG and AS Monaco have both shown interest in the 27-year-old, but an offer from Real Madrid will surely blow them out of the water.
The France international was signed for £11 million from Lyon in 2012 and has grown into one of the Premier League's best goalkeepers in the Premier League. That has made him a prime candidate to replace the 33-year-old Casillas.
De Gea committed
The news emerged shortly after De Gea dismissed rumours linking him with a move to Real Madrid, insisting that he is happy to concentrate of getting Manchester United out of their stick patch.
The 24-year-old is quoted in the same report as saying: "In Manchester I feel wanted. If you took seriously what is written about you, you'd almost think you're going to a thousand clubs.
"So the best you can do is pay attention to where you are. I feel very loved by Man United."
Lloris not so committed
Lloris, on the other hand, has in the past suggested that he would leave White Hart Lane if Tottenham do not qualify for the Champions League. Since Lloris' arrival in north London, Spurs have only drifted further from the lucrative top four places.
"We're not at that point yet," Lloris said in January when asked if he would leave Tottenham if they failed to qualify for the Champions League.
"We'll see how things stand at the end of the season - especially as this season is longer with the World Cup.
"The objective first and foremost is to qualify for the Champions League and then, year by year, to get closer to the big guns in our league."