Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly in the hunt for a long-term replacement of goalkeeper and captain, Hugo Lloris.
Having signed for Spurs in a measly £13m deal from Lyon back in 2012, the French shot-stopper has been the club’s No.1 for a long time now, making 436 appearances in the process. However, despite signing a new deal with the club earlier this year, Antonio Conte and his coaching staff are planning for the goalkeeper’s future.
According to TEAMtalk, Tottenham have drawn a three-man shortlist to replace Hugo Lloris ahead of the next season. The list includes Jordan Pickford, Illan Meslier and Robert Sanchez, as Antonio Conte aims to bring in a new goalkeeper as part of his rebuilding of this squad, the report adds.
Lloris, 35, a World Cup winner with France in 2018, looks past his prime and has endured an up-and-down season with Tottenham. He has been a great servant for Spurs but it looks like this could be his final season in north London, as Conte eyes a new long-term number one.
That being said, here are three goalkeepers Spurs should consider signing to replace Lloris next season.
Robert Sanchez has impressed at Brighton over the last two years, establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s highly-rated goalkeepers. He is likely to be a part of Spain’s squad for the World Cup finals given he is enjoying another solid season between the sticks.
Sanchez, 24, is excellent with the ball at his feet and building attacks from the back, which makes him the ideal fit for what Conte wants in his new number one at Spurs.
Spurs are planning on the right track in their quest to replace Hugo Lloris, with some concerns over the current No.1’s fading form and vulnerability to high-profile errors. Adding an experienced but young enough player who can give Tottenham some form of stability in goal is exactly what Conte wants.
In that regard, Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, would fit the bill perfectly. Oblak, 29, is rated as among the world’s best goalkeepers and has been playing at the highest level with Atletico for a long time now.
With 370 appearances under his belt, a La Liga title, a UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup trophy with Atletico, the Slovenian would arrive at Spurs with volumes of experience and a winning mentality that could make a difference for Conte’s squad.
All in all, Oblak would be an exciting big-name addition for Spurs whilst being a top long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris.
Emiliano Martinez has frequently impressed for Aston Villa since arriving at the club from Arsenal in 2020. He is into his third season with Villa and now possesses decent experience of Premier League football.
Apart from the tall frame that helps him to command his line, Martinez, 30, is reliable with the ball at his feet and his long throws from deep will add a new dimension to Conte’s side. Set to start as Argentina’s No.1 in the World Cup, he could jump at the chance to play in the Champions League with Spurs despite his previous links with their arch-rivals Arsenal.