VAN GAAL LINES UP NEW GOALKEEPER
Reds boss Louis Van Gaal is resigned to losing David De Gea to Real Madrid and wants to get his successor in place as soon as possible.
French number one Lloris has done little wrong since moving to London from Lyon in 2012.
He’s chalked up more than 100 appearances for Spurs so wouldn’t need any difficult settling-in period — like the one De Gea himself went through when first arriving at United.
But he won’t come cheap, with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy a notoriously tough negotiator.
In an ideal world, United would spend the fee brought in for De Gea on a new keeper, so they don’t have to dip into their £150m transfer fund.
But, with the Spaniard near the end of his contract, the Old Trafford giants may have to shell out £10m more to prise Lloris away from White Hart Lane. That would value him at somewhere around £30m.
United have other options in Victor Valdes, who is already at the club, or even Petr Cech who is leaving Chelsea this summer.
But the thought is that both of those keepers are past their best and neither have played much in the past 12 months.
Another man on the radar is Asmir Begovic from Stoke but his lack of big-match experience could be a sticking point.
That’s not a worry with Lloris who is coming into his prime at 28 and has had another solid season in north London.
He’s the captain of France with 65 caps to his name and the bookies are in little doubt that he’ll be first choice at United next season.
They make him favourite, at a shorter price than De Gea — and the bookies rarely get these things wrong.