Tottenham make emphatic decision on 22-year-old Spanish national - report
By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham have emphatically decided not to pursue their interest in Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez, according to a report.
Spanish news outlet Sport has claimed that the 22-year-old shot-stopper will be returning to the La Liga club this summer with negotiations failing between Spurs and the Spanish outfit.
The Guardian claimed last week that the north London side had made a bid worth £3.4million for Lopez, which would see £1.7million paid initially before a further £1.7million being paid out through add-ons.
However, Sport are now claiming that Tottenham have pulled out of negotiations after a number of bids.
Lopez spent the season on loan at the Premier League club from Espanyol after joining last summer.
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He is also out of contract at Espanyol next summer and it is clear that Spurs are not willing to pay a huge amount for a player in their final year.
Additionally, Lopez failed to make a single first team appearance for Mauricio Pochettino’s team in the last campaign with senior goalkeeping duo Michel Vorm and star Hugo Lloris ahead of him.
The young Spaniard will now return to Espanyol, who are currently managed by former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores, who has ex-Real Madrid and AC Milan stopper Diego Lopez as his first choice.
Football Insider verdict:
Tottenham have certainly made the correct decision on Lopez. The goalkeeper is still untested in first team football and there is no telling how he would have performed in the Premier League yet. Much better and experienced goalkeepers have failed to adapt to English football in the past and Lopez is still purely potential, rather than buying proven quality. He could have gone either way in north London and therefore Spurs and Pochettino have made the right choice in not spending above what they deem acceptable for a player they could also pick up for free next summer.
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