Tottenham set to repeat Chelsea’s transfer gamble as they line up Hugo Lloris successor


Tottenham are set to follow in the footsteps of London rivals Chelsea and poach a goalkeeper from Atletic Bilbao to be their new no.1, according to reports in Spain.

Chelsea made Kepa Arrizabalaga the most expensive goalkeeper in history, briefly, when they shelled out 71 million pounds to bring him to Stamford Bridge, and it is a tenure that has seen him improve but still not enough to become their no.1, with Edouard Mendy recruited 2 seasons later.

And now, Marca report that Tottenham are looking to replace their ageing shot-stopper Hugo Lloris with Unai Simon, who currently stands in between the posts for the Basque outfit.

Tottenham looking to repeat Chelsea transfer gamble as they line up Hugo Lloris successor

Unai Simon of Spain warms up prior to the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying match between Spain and Kosovo on March 31, 2021 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Lloris was at fault for Manchester City’s first goal last weekend, albeit his error was patched over by a brilliant team win. This season, the addition of Pierluigi Gollini on loan from Atalanta has done little but underscore Lloris’s stranglehold on the no.1 shirt. But, now 35 years old, he is coming to the end of his time at the top and Tottenham need to plan for a replacement.

Asked about the importance of Lloris to Tottenham, Conte seemed to suggest that the Frenchman had his complete faith, saying:

‘There’s a sporting director in Italy, Corvino. He says you can make mistake about your wife but not about the striker or the goalkeeper. This is the best quote to understand football’.

No release clause for Unai Simon

The 71 million pound price tag for Kepa was in the form of a release clause, which are very common in Spain. However, Unai Simon has no such clause, meaning that Bilbao could simply reject all offers if they saw fit.

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24 years old and under contract until 2025, it would seem as though Tottenham would have to stump up a significant sum of money to lure him away, should he even want to go.

‘As long as Athletic wants me to be here, I’m going to stay’, Simon told Spanish media last time he was linked with a move away.

‘I owe the life I have to Athletic and I want to thank them in the best possible way and that is defending the goal of San Mamés every game’

This attitude may force Spurs to look elsewhere for their Lloris replacement.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 26 46 63
2 Liverpool FC 25 44 57
3 Chelsea FC 25 31 50
4 Manchester United 26 10 46
5 West Ham United 26 11 42
6 Arsenal FC 23 10 42
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 5 40
8 Tottenham Hotspur 23 0 39
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 25 -3 33
10 Southampton FC 25 -5 32
11 Leicester City 23 -6 27
12 Aston Villa 24 -6 27
13 Crystal Palace 25 -4 26
14 Brentford FC 26 -15th 24
15th Leeds United 24 -21 23
16 Everton FC 23 -12 22
17 Newcastle United 24 -19 22
18 Watford FC 24 -19 18
19 Burnley FC 22 -9 17
20 Norwich City 25 -38 17
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Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 12
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 9
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 9
Rafinha Leeds United 9
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 9
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 8
Antonio, Michael West Ham United 8
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 8
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 7
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 7

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