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Tottenham Hotspur: Lilywhites target Alex Meret set for Napoli exit

Tottenham Hotspur: Lilywhites target Alex Meret set for Napoli exit -Tottenham Hotspur Transfer Rumours

According to reports by Calciomercato, Alex Meret has said that he wants to leave Napoli, with Tottenham having identified the Italian as a potential replacement for Hugo Lloris.

The Lowdown: Lack of playing time

Despite starting the opening two games of the Serie A campaign, he has since had his playing time decimated. A fractured vertebrae kept the 24-year-old out for three games, and while he has been fully fit since, he is yet to make an appearance in the league following that enforced absence.

Meret arrived at Napoli in the summer of 2019 from Udinese in a deal worth £23.4m and he has played 85 games for the Azzurri, having kept 25 clean sheets in the process.

The Latest: Tottenham interested in Meret

According to a report by Calciomercato, Meret is keen to leave the Serie A club, and Tottenham have identified the goalkeeper as a potential replacement for club captain Lloris.

This follows a previous report by The Independent, who claimed that Spurs have identified the 24-year-old as a possible long-term replacement for when the Frenchman decides to leave the club, with retirement potentially looming as he turns 35 on Boxing Day.

Meret will look to leave Napoli in the January transfer window in a bid to secure more playing time, with hopes that he can add to his international recognition, having been capped twice for Italy.

The Verdict: A possible long-term Lloris replacement

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has expressed his desire for Lloris to remain at Hotspur Way for at least another season, with the 34-year-old’s contract set to expire in the summer. Meret could prove to be a fantastic long-term replacement for the Frenchman, with Spurs on the lookout for a youngster who can ease their way into their first-team plans.

Serie A legend Antonio Di Natale once described Meret as the ‘new Buffon’ upon his departure from his former club Udinese. It was Carlo Ancelotti who brought him to Naples and described the ‘keeper as ‘special‘, no faint praise considering the Real Madrid manager’s glittering CV at the highest level.

With such high endorsement, this raises questions surrounding the player’s lack of playing time this season. However, this could work in Conte’s favour as he reportedly looks to bring in the Italian ‘keeper in the upcoming transfer window.

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