Exit signals: Update on £100k-p/w star could spell the end for 6 ft 5 Spurs outcast – opinion
Paulo Gazzaniga’s future at Tottenham Hotspur may be over with reports the north London side are working on a new contract for club captain Hugo Lloris.
What’s the word?
According to Fabrizio Romano, while speaking on the Here We Go podcast, Spurs have opened talks with France international Lloris to extend his future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium beyond 2022.
Lloris moved to north London from Olympique Lyonnais in 2012 for £11.9million and has been a mainstay ever since with 337 appearances across all competitions, in which the 33-year-old has kept 115 clean sheets.
The Spurs captain is a favourite of current boss Jose Mourinho, who has opted for the 120-cap international for all bar one available Premier League fixtures since Lloris made his return from a dislocated elbow in January.
Lloris currently has a year-and-a-half remaining on his £100,000-per-week terms, but Tottenham hope to extend the shot-stopper’s stay at the club alongside working on new terms for star forward Heung-min Son.
Forcing Gazzaniga out
Lloris extending his terms at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium beyond his 35th birthday could spell the end for Gazzaniga in north London, amid reports the outcast Argentine is a January target for Everton.
The Goodison Park natives are believed to be monitoring the situations of Gazzaniga, Dele Alli and Harry Winks ahead of potential deals for the trio this winter, as Carlo Ancelotti strives to improve his ranks on the cheap.
Gazzaniga is yet to feature in any competition this term after Mourinho opted to omit the 28-year-old from his Europa League and Premier League squads, a choice the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss accepted was a difficult decision.
“It is very difficult, to leave a player out is like to stop the player to fight for something he wants, that is always is very, very hard,” Mourinho said, via quotes by football.london.
“The good thing is in January you can change, so if you have a different view you change. The Gazzaniga situation, with Hugo and Joe [Hart] we believe that for the next couple of months we can do it with an academy goalkeeper, with a young English kid.”
With Mourinho also happy to utilise an academy player to offer depth behind Lloris and Hart, it is not hard to imagine the Portuguese again looking to offload Gazzaniga in January should firm interest surface in the man Darren Bent felt failed to earn the number one jersey last season.
“He’s got some time, Gazzaniga, [and made] a great save from the penalty [against Watford] but I think he had that initial boost, he’s been really, really solid since Lloris has been out until a couple of weeks ago,” Bent told Football Insider.
“He tried to carve someone in half [vs Chelsea]. I guess he’s had moments where you’d thought: ‘What a very, very good goalkeeper, he could take Lloris’ spot,’ but I don’t think he’s been consistent enough in the longer period to warrant everyone saying he’s got to be their number one.”
But just a year on from those claims, Gazzaniga is out in the cold and unlikely to be offered a route back into a side belonging once again to Lloris.
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