Tottenham Hotspur to ‘rival’ Juventus for Hugo Lloris replacement

Tottenham have been linked with another goalkeeper in the hunt for Hugo Lloris’ replacement

Tottenham Hotspur have made Empoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario a summer target, according to La Gazzetta Dello sport. Antonio Conte’s side are said to be looking to replace Hugo Lloris at the end of the season.

Lloris joined Spurs from Lyon in 2012 and has been an ever present figure in the starting line-up since, becoming the captain following Younes Kaboul’s departure seven years ago. However, with his contract in North London expiring in 2024 and his form declining, he looks increasingly likely to lose his place in between the sticks next season.

The latest name linked with his spot is Vicario, who has impressed in Italy since joining on loan from Cagliari last season before earning himself a permanent move in the summer. The 26-year-old has made 15 appearances in Serie A during the current campaign and has claimed five clean sheets, earning himself his first call-up to the Italy national team in September.

Vicario’s impressive form has led to interest in his services, with Spurs one side that view the shotstopper as a long-term replacement for Lloris. However, they will face competition from Juventus who are also keen on snapping up the Italian who could look to replace former Arsenal ‘keeper Wojciech Szczesny. The report claims that Spurs’ interest has panicked Juve, who were planning on buying Vicario then loaning him back to Empoli for the remainder of the season.

It is unclear how much Empoli would require to part ways with Vicario, however they would certainly be in a strong position to negotiate given he only joined them in the summer. Juve could also prove to be difficult opposition in their pursuit of the Udinese academy product, who could be tempted to remain in his native country with the Italian giants rather than moving to England.

Vicario is one of a number of names Spurs are said to be interested in to take Lloris’ place, with Leeds United’s Illan Meslier and Everton’s Jordan Pickford also thought to be on their shortlist. The duo have both impressed for their respective clubs during a difficult year in the Premier League, while the latter’s contract at Goodison Park is set to expire in summer 2024.