Cittaceleste have claimed Tottenham Hotspur are keen on signing SS Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha this summer.
The Italian media publication have stated that Spurs would be prepared to put down an offer of €31million (£27.5m) to bring him to north London as they see him as an ideal replacement for Hugo Lloris.
There has been some speculation recently regarding the World Cup winner and his future at the club as reports have suggested Paris Saint-Germain could be prepared to make a move for him following Gianluigi Buffon’s departure.
If Lloris were to leave, it would surely come down as a huge blow to us as he has been a stalwart for the past seven years – despite making a few costly mistakes along the way – but, perhaps, Strakosha would be an excellent candidate to replace him in the future.
Just 24-years-old, the shot-stopper would typify the type of player Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy want to have at the club moving forward as it means they would have someone who could benefit them for the next decade or so, whilst he already has plenty of experience of playing at the top level.
In his 44 matches for Lazio last season, he kept 13 clean sheets and conceded just 46 goals (Transfermarkt). Although his clean sheet total might not be remarkable, the fact he managed to keep a ratio of almost one a game is encouraging as we surely have the players that would be able to counter that at the other end of the field where it matters.
In comparison, our current shot-stopper managed to keep 16 clean sheets and concede just 48 goals in his 44 appearances last season (Transfermarkt), making their records almost identical – despite the eight-year age gap between the pair.
Strakosha also looks to be comfortable in dealing with balls into the box, something that appears to have gone missing with Lloris over the years, whilst he also has exceptional distribution qualities and can help Tottenham build an attack from the back with his feet.
Should the Frenchman decide to leave, we would have no problem bringing the Lazio ‘keeper to the New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.