Tottenham Hotspur will be in the market for a new goalkeeper in 2023 and already have two options in mind to succeed Hugo Lloris, according to reports.
Lloris has been a long-serving member of the Tottenham squad and currently serves as captain. However, despite his contract running until 2024 after he signed an extension in January, his status as the club’s number one goalkeeper is increasingly uncertain.
More questions have been asked of him after Tottenham lost the north London derby to Arsenal on Saturday, for example. He could have done better for Gabriel Jesus’ goal to make it 2-1 specifically.
Tottenham have already been thinking about their future beyond Lloris in recent years. Last season, they took Pierluigi Gollini on loan from Atalanta; this summer, they replaced him with Fraser Forster.
But with Forster in his mid-3os as well, Tottenham will need to look for a long-term successor to Lloris at some stage, rather than mere competition.
According to Jeunes Footeux, a source from Lloris’ native France, it has now been made a “priority” by Antonio Conte for Tottenham to replace their captain.
With Lloris’ days seemingly numbered as the main option for Spurs in his position, the club have shortlisted two targets already, it is claimed. The report has suggested Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Alban Lafont are under consideration.
Of the pair, Ter Stegen will probably be the most recognisable name to most. He has plied his trade for Barcelona since 2014, amassing more than 300 appearances in all competitions.
However, Barcelona’s ongoing financial concerns could open the door for Ter Stegen to leave. His contract at Camp Nou is due to run until 2025. But there remains a risk of them having to sacrifice him.
At the age of 30, Ter Stegen is still at a good stage of his career for a goalkeeper. Although he has never played in the Premier League before, the Germany international would be a high-pedigree option to replace Lloris.
Potentially more affordable Lloris successor on Tottenham shortlist
Alternatively, Lafont – a compatriot of the current Tottenham first-choice shot-stopper – could be a different successor to Lloris.
Currently representing Nantes at club level, he replaced Lloris in the France squad for the September international break. It was his first recognition at senior international level.
Still only 23 years old, he has already had an experience playing outside his native country. Indeed, Lafont was Fiorentina’s first choice in the 2018-19 Serie A season over in Italy.
Lafont’s contract with Nantes is due to expire one year earlier than Ter Stegen’s with Barcelona. Hence, he could be the more affordable and gettable target.
But bringing in someone of Ter Stegen’s profile might catch more attention for Tottenham.
Ultimately, they will have to weigh up which would be the most economical option. As for Lloris, whether he would stick around as a backup or would seek his own new challenge remains to be seen.