Hugo Lloris has handed Manchester United a huge transfer boost by giving the biggest indication yet that he is considering his future at Tottenham Hotspur.
The France captain has established himself as one of the world’s leading goalkeepers since joining Spurs from Lyon in 2012, but is desperate to return to the Champions League.
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Tottenham once again missing out on a top-four finish this season could force the 28-year-old’s hand and links to Manchester United will only increase his temptation to leave White Hart Lane.
The Red Devils are preparing to lose PFA Player of the Year runner-up David de Gea to Real Madrid and apparently have Lloris at the top of their shortlist of replacements, so will be encouraged by him hinting that it is ‘time to think about himself’.
“We do not know what can happen,” he is quoted as saying by L’Equipe. “There is one important thing – there is a time to think about yourself, but when that time is over and the season starts, you are fully involved in the club’s project.”
When pressed if now was the time to be thinking about his future, Lloris said: “Voila! But we cannot control everything.”
Lloris also confirmed reports that he does not have a release clause in his Tottenham contract, meaning that United may have to stump up as much as £30m to prise him away from North London.