With the January transfer window wrapped up a week ago, speculation is now very much centred around potential transfer activity during the coming summer, and rumours concerning Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham are rife. Some of the latest news to emerge of the White Hart Lane club concerns the future of first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, despite the fact that he had only put pen-to-paper on an improved contract in December, which will keep the player at White Hart Lane until 2022. The Telegraph is the latest source to air talk of a potential transfer, claiming that the Frenchman is on the shortlist of a number of goalkeepers who will be targeted by Spanish titans Real Madrid over the summer.
Tottenham first brought Nice-born Lloris to North London from Olympique Lyonnais back in 2012, a deal worth £8million. However, the Telegraph claims that club chairman Daniel Levy would look to make a sizeable profit from the French international- commanding a fee which would surpass the £32.6million world record price for a goalkeeper- if he were to sanction any transfer. The record price is the sum Serie A giants Juventus paid to bring Gianluigi Buffon to the Stadio Delle Alpi from Parma in 2001.
Lloris is thought to earn roughly £100,000-a-week at Tottenham thanks to his improved deal, but Real are thought to be willing to double that price to prise the France Number One away from White Hart Lane. The club hierarchy remains convinced that Lloris will remain at the club, with Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois and Manchester United’s David de Gea also thought to be on Real’s list of targets.
Finally, ahead of their weekend trip to Anfield, Spurs defender Ben Davies has fired a warning to his teammates not to take the three points against Liverpool for granted, with Jurgen Klopp’s side a wounded, yet dangerous animal despite their poor run of form throughout January.
Five Premier League games without a win has seemingly brought an abrupt halt to Liverpool’s title challenge, with the Merseysiders now fifth in the table. Spurs, however, are second, but with nine points between them and leaders Chelsea, there is precious little margin for error if they are to remain in the title chase, with this weekend’s match-up a critical clash.
Despite extending their unbeaten run, Spurs have problems of their own in that they have failed to score a goal from open play in their previous two matches, after a goal-less draw at Sunderland was followed by a 1-0 win at home to Middlesbrough, settled by Harry Kane’s spot-kick.
“We’ve seen they’re not on the greatest run but they’re still a very, very good team,” Wales international Davies told the club’s official website.
“They’re going to be dangerous to play against, especially at home. It’s one we’re looking forward to and we’ve got to go into it looking to get the points.”
On their recent lack of goals, Davies brushed off the idea that frustration is beginning to affect the side in certain games, and highlighted the importance of the rest of the team pulling their weight in front of goal to aid the cause.
“It’s not frustrating, it’s 11 of us that have to try to chip in and sort things. We’ve got a young squad here and our aim is to keep improving all the time – the manager drills that into us and it’s up to us to show it on the pitch”.
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