Tottenham are said to be keen on bolstering their goalkeeping ranks this summer with reports suggesting that Jose Mourinho is keen to bring in a stopper to challenge Hugo Lloris for the number one spot. (The Sun).
Lloris had shown glimpses of returning to his best following his return from injury but was at fault for two of RB Leipzig’s three goals in Tottenham’s 3-0 defeat in Germany last week which ended their Champions League hopes.
While both players are expected to require a significant transfer outlay, it turns out that the North London club previously had a talented young keeper in their ranks in the form of Pau Lopez.
Tottenham signed Lopez from Espanyol on a season-long loan at the start of the 2016-17 and the youngster and did not make a senior appearance during his time in the capital.
Football.London revealed that Spurs turned down the chance to sign the Spaniard for just €7million (£6.1m) in the summer of 2017.
It is alleged that the club were only willing to bid €2m (£1.74m) plus a further €2m in add-ons, which was rejected by the La Liga side.
Lopez became the undisputed number one at Espanyol the subsequent season and his impressive performances earned him a move to a Real Betis.
He continued to shine at Betis and his performances between the sticks eventually saw him make a £22 million move to Roma last summer (Calcio Mercato).
Lopez has made a fantastic start to life in the Serie A and looks like he is going to be the mainstay between the sticks at the Stadio Olimpico for many years to come.
Perhaps Daniel Levy will now be regretting the decision not to do more to have landed the shot-stopper.
Spurs Web Opinion
The Lopez transfer seemed quite a strange one when it occurred. While he was rated quite highly when he came to Spurs, it was unclear if he was bought in as a stop-gap or one for the future. His career trajectory since leaving Spurs confirms that we made a mistake by not making the transfer permanent.
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