Optimism high that Tottenham will seal £7m transfer - report
By Harry Sykes
Espanyol are “optimistic” that Tottenham will complete the permanent signing of goalkeeper Pau Lopez this summer, according to a report.
Spanish publication AS claim the goalkeeper himself is unsure whether the London giants will trigger the option to sign him permanently that is incorporated in his loan-to-buy deal.
But it said there is confidence among Espanyol officials that a deal will be agreed between the two clubs to convert Lopez’s loan into a permanent transfer.
AS report that Tottenham paid a £520,000 loan fee for Lopez, 22, and the terms of the contract stipulate the total cost of the purchase will be £6.1million.
Espanyol have lined up two major targets with which to buy with the potential proceeds of the Lopez money, AC Milan goalkeeper and Porto defender Diego Reyes.
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It has been reported in several publications in Spain that Spurs manager Pochettino has already made the decision to sign Lopez permanently.
The Spanish goalkeeper moved to White Hart Lane last summer and is said to have impressed the London club’s coaching staff.
They have been impressed by the progress made by Lopez, who has accepted that he is the third choice keeper at the club and that the plan for this season was for him to adapt to the club’s training methods and playing style.
Skipper Hugo Lloris is the undisputed number one at the Premier League club and Michel Vorm, 33, is his understudy.
The Frenchman has made 32 first-team appearances this season, while Vorm has accumulated nine, eight of which have been starts.
Lopez has yet to make his first-team debut but is expected to be handed some opportunities next season if he does sign permanently.
It could mean that Vorm’s future at the club is thrown into doubt.
In other Tottenham news, Daniel Levy has lined up the next Spurs arrival as the deal is all but done.