With the growing talk of Manchester United's talismanic goalkeeper David De Gea heading towards the exit door of Old Trafford, the rumours have begun to surface of a replacement 'keeper arriving at the club.
According to the Daily Star Louis van Gaal is monitoring the progress of Spurs shot-stopper Hugo Lloris, who is renowned for his cat-like athleticism. De Gea is strongly rumoured to be heading back to the Spanish capital, but this time to Atletico Madrid's noisy neighbours, Real, for an estimated fee of £30 million.
De Gea knock-on?
Should the move go through, depending on Van Gaal's decision to chase Lloris, the Frenchman will cost the United boss around £25 million. With Iker Casillas unsettled at the Santiago Bernabeu and Keylor Navas still trying to find the confidence to start comfortably, Carlo Ancelotti is on the prowl for a reliable goalkeeper. De Gea is the first on the former Chelsea boss's transfer wish-list and a move to the La Liga seems imminent.
Lloris at United
So, how about Lloris? Well, United scouts were spotted at White Hart Lane on Sunday, presumably to take notes on the Spurs 'keeper. Formerly of Lyon, the 27-year-old joined Tottenham in 2012 and since his arrival in north London he has made 85 appearances.
Lloris is well known for his acrobatic abilities and thrilling saves, so a move to Old Trafford may seem more likely than first perceived once given a little thought. However, it must be taken into account by Mauricio Pochettino that Spurs' defence has leaked many goals this season which have cost them games and without the Frenchman, a lot more results could be endangered.
Therefore the idea of Tottenham playing ball with the aforementioned negotiations remains unlikely, no matter what cost is wafted under his their noses.
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