Tottenham to battle Premier League rival for impressive Lazio star

Date published: Friday 13th March 2020 9:55

Tottenham Hotspur have revived their interest in Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha, but face competition from Leicester City, according to reports in Italy.

Strakosha is considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in Serie A, having kept nine clean sheets in 26 league appearances this season – the joint-most of any number one in the division.

The Albanian was linked with a big-money move to Spurs last summer, but no move came to fruition. However, with Hugo Lloris making some notable errors recently, the London-based club could turn their attention towards a new shot-stopper again.

According to Rome-based paper Il Tempo (via Sport Witness), Tottenham and Leicester are both monitoring the developments of Lazio’s attempts to tie Strakosha down to a new contract.

The 24-year-old’s deal does not expire until 2022, but his current salary of €1m seems less than what he deserves, so the Biancocelesti are trying to double it.

Tottenham and Leicester would be waiting to pounce if Strakosha hesitated over the new terms, with both sides considering a longer-term option in goal.

 

 

Lloris and Kasper Schmeichel are both 33 years old, meaning the two Premier League sides will soon have to start thinking about their futures, even if both appear to have plenty of years left at the top yet.

Strakosha could prove to be a shrewd investment as a successor to either, but the opportunity of doubling his salary at Lazio may yet convince him to stay in Serie A.

Another goalkeeper who could be on the move this summer, meanwhile, is Jan Oblak, after he impressed for Atletico Madrid against Liverpool in the Champions League.

Although he would not be easy to acquire given his €120m release clause, Chelsea are said to be ‘dreaming’ about the possibility of making him their replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

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