With several big clubs potentially on the hunt for new No.1s this summer, Declan Warrington assesses who could be switching places during the transfer window...
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The hiring and firing of managers will inevitably occupy plenty of column inches this summer, but this could be one transfer window where goalkeepers steal the headlines. If Real Madrid succeed in their reported pursuit of David de Gea, Manchester United’s need for a replacement might take them to Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris. Petr Cech, likely to move after a season as deputy to Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea, could emerge as Spurs’ chosen successor, but they may have to rival Arsenal, where Wojciech Szczesny can no longer get a game.
Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet has experienced greater struggles than Szczesny, Tim Krul is said to be ready to leave Newcastle, and Stoke could be vulnerable given Asmir Begovic remains a suitable successor to almost any of the above. Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan, where Samir Handanovic’s future is uncertain, have also been credited with an interest in strengthening their last line of defence, meaning Cech or others could yet head to Europe. So here's a clutch of net-minders who may hop aboard the managerial merry-go-round this summer...
Hugo Lloris (28, Tottenham)
France’s long-term No.1, Lloris is an obvious target for any team looking for a world-class goalkeeper. Obvious, because Tottenham haven't secured Champions League qualification again, and Europe’s leading club competition is where the Frenchman should be. It’s been reported that Real Madrid could target Lloris, at 28 and in his prime, should they not tempt De Gea to return to Madrid. Manchester United themselves could see him as a potential successor, and PSG’s millions could tempt him back to France. Lloris is also proven in the art of sweeper-keeping, brave, and a capable commander of his penalty area.
The Frenchman hasn't made any noises about leaving yet, but it seems only unexpected loyalty will keep him at White Hart Lane. Having said that, someone will first need to match Spurs' hefty valuation.