Tottenham ‘are determined to sign Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret this summer’ as they plan to BENCH Hugo Lloris… with £40m price tag ‘NOT scary’ for Spurs bosses
- Tottenham are planning to BENCH Lloris as they seek new no.1 this summer
- Meret identified as primary target due to Spurs’ ‘love’ for the Napoli goalkeeper
- Napoli want over £40million to sell the Italian, with Spurs prepared to pay big
Tottenham Hotspur are determined to sign Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret as a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris this summer, according to reports in Italy.
Lloris has made 445 appearances for Spurs during his time at the club, keeping 151 clean sheets and is the current captain.
However, according to NapoliCalcioLive, Tottenham are planning on benching their number one from next season as they target Meret this summer.
The report states that the performances of the Italian have convinced Spurs to make Meret the first-choice goalkeeper from next season, planning to move Lloris to the bench to pave way for the signing.
Furthermore, Spurs are ‘determined to focus’ on the 26-year-old, and are ‘ready to speak’ to the player in order to facilitate a move this summer.
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly set to bench captain Hugo Lloris from next season onwards
Spurs ‘love’ Alex Meret from Napoli and the asking price would not be an issue this summer
Lloris lifted the World Cup as France captain in 2022 and since retired from the national team
Despite this, there is thought to be a lot of competition for Meret after an impressive season in Naples where he has kept 17 clean sheets in 37 matches, conceding just 29 goals for the Serie A leaders.
Napoli are expected to ask for over £40million, but this price will not put off Tottenham as they are determined to land the goalkeeper.
The quoted fee is ‘absolutely not scary’ for Daniel Levy’s side as they want to ‘anticipate’ the competition.
They are said to ‘love’ the player and the idea of his sale could be considered by Napoli due to his current contract expiring in 2024.
The Italians have an option to extend the deal by 12 months, though, and this could give them an upper hand in negoatitions this summer.
It remains to be seen as to what the future will hold for Lloris, who recently retired from international duty after captaining France to a World Cup trophy in 2018 and a runners-up medal in December last year.
Spurs themselves are without a long-term manager in place as Cristian Stellini holds the interim position at the club, but appear to be making plans for future transfers.