Tottenham Hotspur have identified Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili as Hugo Lloris's replacement.
Lloris has been between the sticks for over a decade, winning a World Cup during his time as a the Spurs captain. Now 36, however, the Lilywhites are beginning to look to the future, despite the Frenchman having signed a two-year deal relatively recently.
Lloris is contracted until 2024 but has made some high-profile errors already this season, including in the North London Derby when he gifted Gabriel Jesus Arsenal's second goal.
Italian source Tuttomercatoweb (opens in new tab) says that Tottenham are interested in La Liga stopper Mamardashvili, who has impressed for Valencia in recent times.
Still just 22, the Georgian is regarded as a wonderkid and has even signed a €100 million release clause (opens in new tab) in his latest contract. This works out to around £86m, which would break the world record for a goalkeeper, currently held by Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Manchester United are also said to be interested in signing the 6'4" custodian, who Valencia would perhaps listen to offers for. In recent years, the club has become more of a selling outfit than ever and would likely accept a good bid, should either Premier League team come in for their star.
Tottenham have also been linked with Jan Oblak and Illan Meslier. The former feels out of reach, however, while the latter is perhaps not at the standard that a Champions League club would need.
Tottenham head to Marseille in their final Champions League group match needing a result to progress to the knockout stages. At the weekend, they face an out-of-form Liverpool.
Mamardashvili is valued at around £18m by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab).
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