Real target Lloris
Hugo Lloris is on a shortlist of goalkeepers that Real Madrid will make approaches for this summer with the La Liga side believing the Tottenham Hotspur captain may be easier to prise away than Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois.
Lloris, the France international, signed a new contract in December that runs to 2022, and Spurs are confident that the 30-year-old has no intention of leaving. But that will not stop Real inquiring about him if Chelsea stand firm over their desire to keep Courtois and convince the Belgian to sign a new deal.
Real want to sign a world-class keeper when their transfer ban expires at the end of the season. But their hopes of getting Courtois have been hit by Chelsea's superb season and the 24-year-old claiming he is happier than ever at Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham are aware that a number of their players will be looked at by some of the richest clubs in the world this summer, but chairman Daniel Levy and manager Mauricio Pochettino have worked hard to make sure all their stars are tied down to long-term contracts.
Tottenham signed Lloris for a bargain £8million from Lyon in 2012 and Real would have to better the world-record fee for a goalkeeper, the £32.6m Juventus paid for Gianluigi Buffon, to stand any chance of opening negotiations. (© Daily Telegraph, London)
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