EXCLUSIVE: Tottenham ready to sell Hugo Lloris amid Manchester United interest
By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham are prepared to sell Hugo Lloris this summer – but will demand a world-record goalkeeper fee, Football Insider sources understand.
Spurs are willing to cash in on the France international and are confident that the extended contract he signed last summer will enable them to maximise his value.
The London club are braced for the possibility of bids for Lloris amid interest from the likes of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.
United are fighting a losing battle in their fight to keep hold of David de Gea. Manager Louis van Gaal admitted on Friday that United have begun identifying replacements for the Spaniard, who is one of the prime summer targets of Real Madrid.
Tottenham do not want to lose Lloris but accept that if he pushes for a move to a club who can offer him Champions League football and a greater prospect of silverware, the Frenchman could leave this summer.
The 28-year-old signed a new contract last July which runs until 2019 and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy believes this gives his club the insurance to demand a fee higher than the £32.6million Juventus paid for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001, which remains the world record fee for a goalkeeper.