Soccer Transfer Rumors: Chelsea Targets Tottenham's Hugo Lloris as Thibaut Courtois' Replacement
Chelsea FC is targeting Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris as a potential goalkeeper replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who is currently being eyed by La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid. Speculations abound that Real will submit a massive bid for the young Belgian this summer and the Blues may not be able to resist it.
The 24-year-old Courtois has been Chelsea's undisputed starter for the last two-and-a-half seasons since he was brought back from a three-season loan spell to Atletico Madrid. Chelsea acquired him in the summer of 2011 from Belgian Pro League side KRC Genk for a transfer fee of $9.5 million.
Courtois agreed to a five-year deal with the Pensioners before he was sent on loan to Atletico just a few weeks after his signing. He replaced Manchester United keeper David De Gea, who then joined the Red Devils, as Atleti's shot-stopper at that time.
After spending three years in Madrid, Courtois was brought back to England by then-Blues head coach Jose Mourinho, resulting in a Premier League title at the end of the 2014-2015 season. Courtois is set to win his second English top-flight trophy in three years this season as the team, now managed by former Italy boss Antonio Conte, is on currently on top of the league with only 10 games left this season.
Caught Offside noted that Real's interest on Courtois may be too hard for Chelsea to refuse and so the Tottenham starter is on the Blues radar at the moment. Lloris, who turned 30 last December, is considered as one of the best and most experienced goalkeepers in the Premier League, if not the world, right now.
The Tottenham and French national team captain has been with the Spurs for the last five seasons since he was acquired from Ligue 1 club Lyon in the summer of 2012 for a fee of $16 million. He has appeared in a total of 200 games in all competitions for the Spurs.
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