Arsenal and Tottenham alerted to Lloris availabilty
Lyon have confirmed that French international Hugo Lloris could leave the club if an appropriate bid is made for the goalkeeper which has alerted Premier League suitors Arsenal and Tottenham.
Lloris is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers around after making the number one jersey his own aged 19 at Nice. In 2008 he made a move to Lyon and the 25-year old started all of France’s matches during the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas has conceded that the club may not be able to keep hold of Lloris but stressed only a significant bid would tempt the Ligue 1 club into selling the player. Aulas told TF1, “Lloris can go, but only for a decent price in relation to the market.”
At only 25-years old, Lloris could fill the goalkeeper’s position for a number of years and was one of Manchester United’s targets after the departure of Edwin van der Sar.
Lloris was made captain of the French national side by Laurent Blanc and has a contract with Lyon that runs until 2015. L’Equipe have reported that Arsenal are prepared to make a £12million bid as they continue their summer spending but it is unlikely to be deemed a suitable fee for a goalkeeper of his stature.
Tottenham may be another possible destination for Lloris. Current goalkeeper’s Brad Friedel and Carlo Cudicini are nearing the end of their careers and the French captain could be an ideal replacement.