Spurs: Maignan Swoop creates problems for Lloris
Posted On March 28, 2021
Tottenham Hotspur could change everything in goalkeeper position this summer, if emerging reports are to be believed …
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Spurs are exploring alternative targets to Burnley’s Nick Pope for fear of being sacked from the England international, according to the Daily Mail, and a name close to their hearts is Lille scorer Mike Maignan.
It is believed the Clarets will demand more than £ 30million from the 28-year-old, something Daniel Levy may not be able to afford in the current financial climate.
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Maignan will begin the final year of his contract at Stade Pierre-Mauroy at the end of the season, so could be available for a discounted offer.
Transfermarkt currently values the France international at £ 18million, as it remains to be seen what the Ligue 1 co-managers would want for their first-choice goalkeeper.
The 25-year-old has started Lille’s 30 league games this season, keeping 16 clean sheets in the process en route to challenge Paris Saint-Germain for the title.
And it is the French champions who play an interesting role in this potential deal, as the report also claims that the future of Hugo Lloris in north London remains uncertain as PSG are interested in signing him.
The 34-year-old veteran has regressed somewhat over the past 18 months or so, with more and more mistakes in his game.
Premier League games against Aston Villa and Brighton last season saw him fumbling for the ball for the opposition to score, while earlier this season Lloris was dubbed ‘lettuce cuffs’ and ‘weak link’ in the Jose Mourinho’s side as he left five goals against Everton in the FA Cup.
Maignan is a decent replacement to make. He silenced some pretty big names this quarter, having stopped Kylian Mbappe, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Arek Milik, a Spurs target, from scoring.
It is also an opportunity to step out of the past and start planning for the future. Goalkeepers last much longer than most players these days, but at 34 Lloris is on the wrong side, while at 25 Maignan can become Spurs’ long-term option for the five to five. next six years, at least. .
On top of all that, two of Spurs’ current staff – assistant Joao Sacramento and goalkeeper coach Nuno Santos – have already worked with him in Lille, and according to L’Equipe (via Sport Witness), they believe that he has “ enormous potential. “.
Likewise, ex-teammate Victor Oshimhen said he was “too strong” and this only echoed the thoughts of manager Christophe Galtier, who hailed him “decisive” this season.
No Ligue 1 team have conceded fewer goals than Lille (19) this season and by comparison Mourinho’s side have fled 11 more goals, often due to individual mistakes at the back. Lloris is also one of the main culprits.
Given the interest in Maignan, this could be the last nail in the coffin for Lloris’ future at Spurs.
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