Tottenham Hotspur must beat Real Betis to Pau Lopez
Reports this week have been suggesting Michel Vorm could be leaving Tottenham Hotspur in the summer. The Sun reported this week that Feyenoord are hopeful of signing the Dutchman. He would be replacing former Liverpool and Middlesbrough stopper Brad Jones, who is keen on a return to England.
Vorm, who featured in the 6-1 FA Cup win against Rochdale last night, is out of contract in the summer. Feyenoord could, therefore, bring him in for free. Considering how long he has played second fiddle to Hugo Lloris the move could surely tempt the 34-year-old.
Tottenham would, therefore, need to bring in a replacement. Whilst Paulo Gazzaniga is a favourite of Mauricio Pochettino someone of a higher level will be needed.
Tottenham may in fact already have had the perfect option in the past. Spanish stopper Pau Lopez spent the entire 2016-17 campaign on loan at Spurs. The 23-year-old stopper did not, however, make a single appearance for the club.
Tottenham had the option to sign Lopez at the end of that deal but did not take it up. He has since gone on to establish himself as the number one again with Espanyol. This season, Lopez’s performances have been excellent in La Liga. Back in January, it was even reported by Tuttomercatoweb that Juventus and Manchester City were now keeping tabs on the Catalonian.
With good reason as well. Lopez is available on a free transfer in the summer. The latest reports from Spain are that Real Betis are closing in on a deal, as reported by Diario As.
That deal would go through in the summer when Lopez becomes a free agent.
If Tottenham are concerned that Vorm may be moving on, then surely they must make a move for Lopez?
The young stopper is highly-rated by Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino. Considering his age, Lopez could easily go on to eventually become number one at Spurs after Lloris has run his race.
Nothing official is agreed between Betis and Lopez. Tottenham face a race against time if they are to hijack a deal and bring in a perfect replacement for Vorm this summer. Not only would Pau Lopez be a perfect replacement, he would be free. The frugal Spurs management will definitely be on board with that idea.
If Vorm goes, Lopez is perhaps the best option Tottenham have as a replacement. Letting him slip through their fingers to Betis could end up coming back to haunt them.