Tottenham will aim for a £ 30million transfer for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope to replace Hugo Lloris if he leaves this summer, with Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG interested in the France captain
- Nick Pope will be Tottenham’s first choice to replace Hugo Lloris if he leaves
- The Frenchman will still have a year on his contract at the end of the season
- Lloris has the interest of PSG, which is led by his former boss Pochettino
Tottenham have made Burnley’s Nick Pope their first choice to replace Hugo Lloris if he leaves this summer.
Goalkeeper and captain Lloris will have one more year on his contract at Tottenham at the end of the season and, although he has come under fire after recent mistakes, received unequivocal support from manager Jose Mourinho last week.
Although Paris Saint-Germain love Lloris and Spurs are aware that the French World Cup-winning captain could be interested in a return to his homeland and also a reunion with former coach Mauricio Pochettino, now in charge from the Parc des Princes.
If Hugo Lloris leaves this summer, Tottenham will target Burnley’s Nick Pope to replace him
England goalkeeper Pope, valued at around £ 30million, tops Spurs’ list of potential candidates to succeed Lloris. The Pope also has admirers in West Ham.
Pope, 28, joined Burnley from Charlton in 2016, became one of the Premier League’s most successful and consistent goalkeepers and made his way into the England squad, winning four senior selections. His contract with Burnley expires in 2023, but also includes an option for an additional year.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has vowed to be in the Spurs history books for good reasons rather than bad.
Spurs have lost five of their last six league games, slipping to ninth and nine points from the top four in the process, and were knocked out of the FA Cup last month.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Paris Saint-Germain want to sign Lloris this summer
Spurs are aware Lloris may be interested in returning to France and reuniting with Pochettino
Mourinho racked up his lowest points total of his career after 50 games at a club – 81 – North Londoners are considering contingency plans including RB Leipzig’s much-loved Julian Nagelsmann and there are rumbles of discontent in the locker room to go with those among the fanbase.
But, despite all the negativity, Mourinho was in a provocative and upbeat mood in a charming offensive ahead of their Europa League game against Wolfsberger.
He said: “ I feel very confident and I think we are going to improve and I think I will be in Tottenham history for the right reasons and not for the bad.
“It’s a positive thing you say I’m not used to it and my career is the opposite of it. But I want to know which coach at the end of his career can say that everything was sky blue and never a little gray or cloudy or even dark.
“ Unless it’s a manager who’s always been at dominant clubs where clubs have always been the best clubs in countries and then it’s harder to have tough times, but I’m just thinking of showing what my career has been good.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has vowed to turn the season around
“I have never felt what coaches normally feel when the results are bad – that the coach is a lonely man.
“I always felt, not just respected of course but always supported, that everyone was together in the same boat.
“I wake up in the morning and want to go back to work. I arrive in the building and feel everyone’s motivation. I love to train. People love to train and everyone works as hard as they can with so many matches and we are positive.
“I want to make people happy – the president, the owners, or the players, the fans, everyone related to the club.
“I always feel like I’m one of them, I work for them and I want to make these people happy. It’s still my feeling. It’s never from me, it’s always from us. And I don’t change.