Hugo Lloris’ new contract seems to have done nothing to deter potential suitors this summer.
The Tottenham goalkeeper hasn’t been in his usual top form for the last few weeks, making a pair of howlers against Manchester City and almost suffering another clanger in the 1-0 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday.
In spite of all that, the Spurs captain is still recognised for what he is – undoubtedly one of Europe’s finest stoppers, bettered in the Premier League – and even then, it’s up for debate – only by Manchester United’s David de Gea.
It’s that kind of reputation that would puts him near the top of several clubs’ wish lists.
Unsurprisingly, given the uncertainty surrounding their current number one Keylor Navas, Real Madrid are among them, at least according to the Telegraph.
Their correspondent Matt Law reports that Los Blancos see Lloris as an easier target than Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, even if the Frenchman is six years older than the Belgian.
The Euro 2016 finalist is committed to White Hart Lane until 2022 having only put pen to paper on an extension at the end of last year, but such is the modern transfer window, that contracts mean very little these days, and it’ll just make him more expensive.
Fortunately for Spurs, they are on course for another season of Champions League football, albeit following a brief and underwhelming stint in the competition this season.
On the other hand, Lloris could earn double the £100,000 a week that he picks up in north London were he to move to the European champions.