Daniel Levy is well known for being a tough negotiator, but he’s also well known for being a man that loves to make a deal when the time is right. It’s unlikely, then, that he will simply turn his nose up at the prospect of £60 million and not think twice about it.
Especially when you consider that, on the surface, Lloris had a mixed campaign last time out, and at 31-years-old, the Frenchman doesn’t have long left at the highest level.
However, on this occasion, Levy must think with his head and not his wallet, as losing Lloris would be nothing short of a disaster for the Lilywhites – even for the world-record fee that the club would apparently demand.
After all, for this team, Lloris is far more than just a goalkeeper. He’s the most experienced man on the pitch in most cases, and he offers leadership like nobody else in the squad can. He is the captain of the team, after all, and to lose that now would be nothing short of a disaster for the club. They haven’t got anyone else that has as much experience as him at the highest level, and Daniel Levy must recognise that. Furthermore, he’s also the club captain, and naturally, he’s a leading figure within the dressing room. That’s a dynamic that cannot, and should not, be foiled with.
On the pitch, too, he’s one of Europe’s best. He’s brilliantly agile, he’s quick off his line, he’s a brilliant shot-stopper and he’s solid in the air. In truth, there isn’t really anything that he can’t do.
Many will point towards his age and his form last season as reasons why it might be time for him to hang up his gloves in North London, but that would be a mistake from all involved. In reality, his stats last season were every bit as good as most of his rivals. Take Ederson, for example. Proclaimed as one of the best signings of the summer by most, the Brazilian had a great campaign – yet Lloris was as decisive, if not more so between the sticks. The Frenchman picked up more saves, more clearances and nearly as many clean sheets as the Man City man. Quickly, then, he doesn’t seem so bad after all.
Selling Lloris may, on the surface, be something that makes sense. But for Spurs, it could lead them down a very dangerous path.
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