Former Serie A chief reveals club almost signed Hugo Lloris years ago

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Hugo Lloris
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Former AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has revealed that the Serie A giants almost snapped up Hugo Lloris before his move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Lloris is undoubtedly one of Tottenham’s biggest modern-day legends and is, by far, the best goalkeeper the club have had in the Premier League era.

The Frenchman is now into his eleventh season at Spurs, following his £8m switch from Lyon in 2011, having been captain of the side since 2014. 

Despite now being 35 years of age, the goalkeeper is showing no signs of any decline and has arguably been one of the team’s best performers so far this season.

Apart from his ability between the sticks, Lloris’ leadership is also highly valued by his teammates, with the likes of Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Son Heung-min, Erik Lamela and Jan Vertonghen speaking in glowing terms about him to Spurs TV this summer as the former Lyon man completed a decade at Tottenham.

Galliani has now revealed that Lloris almost joined the Rossoneri prior to his move to North London.

The 78-year-old, who now works alongside Silvio Berlusconi again at Serie A newcomers Monza, told Tuttomercatoweb: “I agreed on a deal for Lloris many years ago. (Fellow goalkeeper Christian) Abbiati was to go to Palermo, and Hugo Lloris was going to arrive in his place. But it didn’t go like this.”

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There is no doubt that the deal to sign Lloris from Lyon is one of the best transfers in Tottenham’s recent history, given that the goalkeeper had already developed a huge reputation by the time he arrived in North London.

The 35-year-old has been an outstanding servant to Spurs over the years, and he, more than most, deserves to have a couple of medals to show for his time at the club. Let us hope Conte is the man to deliver that.

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