Tottenham: Spurs main contenders to sign Alex Meret
Tottenham Hotspur are the main contenders to sign Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret, according to Rai journalist Ciro Venerato.
The Lowdown: Spurs look for Lloris replacement…
Spurs are reliably believed to be on the look out for an heir to long-serving shot-stopper Hugo Lloris with the France international currently injured and suffering a decline in form this season.
Antonio Conte‘s side are currently relying on Fraser Forster as their number one in Lloris’ absence, and as the 36-year-old’s contract runs down, Fabio Paratici and co are thinking about the future.
The Premier League top-four hopefuls have been linked with many names heading into the summer window and Meret is said to be one of them.
The Latest: Tottenham main contenders for Meret…
According to Venerato, speaking on live radio to ‘1 Football Club’ (via Calcio Napoli 24), Tottenham have ‘above all’ expressed their interest in signing the 25-year-old.
“Napoli would like to continue with Meret, and in this sense we will have to sit down at the negotiating table and await developments.
“There are some Premier League clubs that have however registered an interest in the Frulian, Tottenham above all.”
The Verdict: Get it done?
Meret’s current deal at Napoli expires in the summer of 2024, and if he doesn’t put pen to paper on fresh terms, he could represent both a quality and financially attainable target for Spurs.
The Italian, capped three times by his national team, has been a mainstay for the Serie A league leaders this season – playing more top flight minutes than anyone in Luciano Spalletti’s squad (WhoScored).
One admirer of the 6 foot 3 keeper in past seasons has been none other than Spurs boss Conte, with agent Federico Pastorello revealing back in 2017 that he was ‘really impressed’ with Meret after scouting him out.
Meret has also been revered by members of the press for his performances in between Napoli’s sticks, with reporter Roberto Rojas calling him a ‘stellar goalkeeper’.
Paratici and co will be watching his contract situation closely as a real candidate to succeed Lloris could soon become available.