Hugo Lloris jumping ship from Spurs to Arsenal?
Tottenham number one and France captain Hugo Lloris could leave White Hart Lane for north London rivals Arsenal if Tim Sherwood’s team fail to secure Champions League football, according to international colleague Olivier Giroud.
Lloris, 27, has secured 10 Premier League shut-outs, making 67 saves in 24 appearances this term, yet Tottenham are still three points behind Liverpool in the race for fourth place.
Sherwood’s side are 5/2 with Coral for a top-four finish ahead of Manchester United at 9/2 and Everton, who they beat in their last outing, at 8/1.
Gunners striker Giroud recently told French TV: “We go out together and talk about everything.
“We talk about life and sometimes the French team a bit and our wish to have a great experience together at the World Cup.
“Have I asked [Lloris] to join Arsenal? Yes, I have… He would have liked to, he would quite like to.”
Arsenal could face competition from La Liga giants Barcelona and Atletico Madrid for Lloris’ signature, however.
Both Spanish sides are set to lose their first choice goalies at the end of the season. Victor Valdes has indicated he will move on from the Nou Camp and Atletico have had Thibaut Courtois on loan from Chelsea for three successive seasons.
It would be bold of Barca, who are strongly linked with signing Marc-Andre ter Stegen from Borussia Monchengladbach to replace Valdes, just to rely on such a young prospect.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will be in the market for a new keeper this summer as he will lose two of his three existing options between the posts at the end of the season. Lukasz Fabianski has rejected a new deal at the Emirates Stadium and will leave as he is out of contract.
On-loan Italian custodian Emiliano Viviano, meanwhile, is set to return to parent club Palermo in the summer as he has not played for Arsenal. Gunners number one Wojciech Szczesny would thus be the only senior stopper on their books.
Should Lloris leave Spurs, Sherwood would be losing all three of his goalies as current deals for veteran Brad Friedel and frozen-out Brazilian Heurelho Gomes expire at the end of the season.