Tottenham identify ideal Lloris successor after Champions League heroics, with Arsenal also in the race


Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are keen on signing AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maginan this summer, according to reports. 

The 27-year-old has recently been described as the ‘best keeper in the world’ by some pundits thanks to his recent heroics for the Rossoneri, prompting interest from top European clubs.

However, Maignan, who Milan fans have nicknamed ‘magic Mike,’ is unlikely to come cheap this summer, so Arsenal and Spurs will have to put their money where their mouth is to get a deal over the line.

Since joining Milan in 2021, the France international has made 58 appearances for the Italian giants, helping keep an impressive 26 clean sheets overall.

On Tuesday, Maignan put in a match-winning performance in the Champions League quarter-final against Napoli – saving an 82nd-minute penalty to help Milan secure their place in the semis.

He also received widespread praise for an incredible performance for France against Ireland in a recently European qualifier when he made countless incredible saves, so there is no doubting his quality.

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Spurs eye Maignan as Lloris successor

It’s no secret that Tottenham Hotspur are in the market for a quality goalkeeper this summer, with Hugo Lloris set to depart the club at the end of the season.

Maignan just replaced Lloris in the France national team set up, so could prove to be an ideal replacement at Spurs as well.

However, as mentioned, the in form shot-stopper is likely to command a hefty transfer fee due to his importance to the Rossoneri squad.

Also, with Tottenham not guarenteed to qualify for the Champions League next season, they may struggle to convince him to ditch Milan for them.

Nevertheless, reports coming out of Spain suggest that Spurs, along with Arsenal are keeping ‘close tabs’ on Maignan ahead of the upcoming transfer window.

Arsenal’s interest is slightly surprising given that Aaron Ramsdale has been in excellent form for the Gunners this season, with some of his performances helping to keep them in the title race.

It’s also unlikely that Maignan would be willing to sit on the bench, so Tottenham certainly seems like a more likely destination for him this summer.

The Frenchman has a contract with Milan until the summer of 2026 and is reportedly valued at €35m (approx. £30.8m).

Both of the London rivals certainly have the financial capability to pull the move off, but it remains to be seen whether or not they can convince Maignan to ditch the Serie A for the Premier League.

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