According to a recent report from The Sun, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is being lined up with a £60 million move to Real Madrid. The Frenchman played an integral part in helping his country win just their second World Cup crown in Russia earlier this summer, and has proven throughout his six-year stint in North London that he is one of the most accomplished shot-stoppers in Europe.
And it appears that Real Madrid are reportedly keen on the 31-year-old, and were a £60 million deal to be struck, Mauricio Pochettino’s men must use that money to lure a replacement to the club, namely Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Ultimately, until Alisson’s move to Liverpool for £66.9 million last week, it seemed unthinkable that a goalkeeper would be worth that sort of figure, what with the previous record the £34.7 million Manchester City paid for his Brazilian teammate Ederson 12 months ago.
As such, £60 million would be a staggering sum of money for Lloris and surely enough to bring in a reliable and accomplished replacement, and they should look no further than England number one Pickford were they to indeed cash in on the 31-year-old.
24-year-old Pickford only made the move to Goodison Park 12 months ago after a fine season at Sunderland, and the Englishman has since gone from strength to strength to win the Toffees’ Player of the Season award for his exploits last time round.
Yes, the numbers don’t make for great reading for Pickford given how poor Everton were defensively, but he certainly proved his worth even more during the World Cup this summer in helping Gareth Southgate’s side reach the semi-finals.
The 24-year-old made key saves in pretty much every single one of England’s seven games in the competition, not least in victories over Sweden and Colombia, the latter of which saw him save from Carlos Bacca in the penalty shoot-out to deliver a first ever shoot-out success for the Three Lions at a World Cup.
Thus, Pickford more than proved his capabilities on the big stage this summer to underline exactly how good a goalkeeper he is, and at the tender age of 24, he has a seriously bright future ahead of him – a top six move is surely in the offing.
And given Pochettino’s track-record of helping, developing, and nurturing English talent at Tottenham, given the likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, and Harry Kane make not only his first team but England’s on a regular basis, Pickford could well be interested by a move to North London.
And were Spurs to indeed cash in on Lloris, and thus receive £60 million from his sale, they should reinvest that in luring the ideal replacement in the 24-year-old to the North London club.
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