The Daily Star have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are ready to offload Hugo Lloris after another difficult season, and Marko Malenica has been lined-up as a possible replacement.
Lloris, 32, has struggled at Spurs since holding aloft the World Cup with France last summer. He has been below his best for the past couple of seasons, but during 2018-19 he has been guilty of a number of high-profile mistakes.
A sending off against PSV Eindhoven almost derailed Tottenham’s Champions League hopes, while an awful mistake against Liverpool saw the Reds equalise late on earlier this month.
Fans have become fed up with their captain. Many have voiced their frustration with the former Lyon goalkeeper on Twitter. Now, the Daily Star claim Lloris could be sold this summer.
Osijek FC goalkeeper Malenica has impressed in the top tier of Croatian football this season, keeping nine clean sheets in 29 league games – and conceding only 30 goals. He is valued at £1million.
The report claims Paulo Gazzaniga will become first choice if Lloris is sold, and Malenica brought in as back-up. Watford, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth are also said to be keen on the Croatia youth international.
There is no doubt that Lloris has struggled this season and perhaps it is time for a new goalkeeper. But with Spurs now in their new home and looking to go from a top-four side to title challengers, is Malenica the answer?
Lloris is regarded as one of the world’s best goalkeepers. So to promote Gazzaniga as his replacement is hardly befitting of a side that want to be in the race for the Premier League title.
If Spurs sell Lloris, chairman Daniel Levy needs to open the cheque book and bring in a top-quality, proven replacement.