Tottenham Hotspur have recently been linked with a move to bring AS Roma goalkeeper Pau Lopez back to the club this summer as the long-term replacement for current captain Hugo Lloris.
As reported by Estadio Deportivo, Tottenham are still keen on the player who spent the entire 2016-17 season at the club on loan from Espanyol, but as third-choice behind Lloris and Michel Vorm.
Lopez never played a game for the Tottenham first-team but went on to thrive in Spain with Espanyol and Real Betis, earning a move to Italy as Alisson’s replacement last summer.
Now, according to reports, Tottenham are willing to bring him back but, as reported by Calciomerato, would need to spend £35 million to do so.
One person who was and likely remains a fan of Lopez is World Cup winner Lloris.
Speaking to the official Tottenham Hotspur website after Lopez was signed by Tottenham, Lloris spoke of the Spaniard’s quality and insisted he would help him settle in at Spurs.
“I know a bit about him already – he played in La Liga last season for Espanyol and he’s a young keeper with a lot of quality.
“We will try to make him comfortable on the pitch and off the pitch. It’s important to make him feel quite settled within the squad – it’s a new experience for him outside his country and I think it’s good for Michel (Vorm), for me and for (goalkeeper coach) Toni (Jimenez) too. He will train with us and he will help us to continue our improvement.”
Whilst Lopez did not go on to play a first-team game for Tottenham, it was a major learning experience for the young Spaniard, to train alongside veteran Premier League stars like Lloris and Vorm on a daily basis.
Now, it seems that he might have a chance to come back and push his former mentor Lloris from his first-team spot in North London.