Speculation over just who will wear the number jersey at Old Trafford next season continues apace, with Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris heavily linked with a move to Manchester United should David de Gea leave for Real Madrid.
French TV show Telefoot spoke to the Lilywhites gloveman about the rumours, with the response suggesting Lloris, along with the media at large, seem to give little credence to the prospect that Victor Valdes may inherit his countryman’s role should the De Gea return to Madrid.
“You’re getting ahead of yourselves,” the Tottenham stalwart said. “For the moment, there is a keeper in place at Manchester United.
“We remain vigilant about the latest news, but we must also stay calm about all of it. If things lead to something, it will develop naturally.”
Valdes’ proven quality is only one of the reasons that he may well be given the chance to take over should De Gea leave the club.
Lloris is 5/2 to be a United player by the close of the next transfer window, following in the footsteps of Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov by swapping White Hart Lane for Old Trafford.
However, the Frenchman is contracted to the club until the summer of 2019, meaning Tottenham, notorious transfer hardballers, would likely command a hefty fee for his services.
In a summer where talk of a £150m United transfer splurge akin to that which followed Louis van Gaal’s arrival pre-dated blanket discussion of De Gea’s fate, taking a chunk out of financial fair play considerations on a goalkeeper may be deemed an inappropriate use of resources.
Few custodians in the game can have a trophy haul as immense as Valdes and his longevity at Barcelona should prove it’s own testament to his ability, as should United’s decision to sign him up despite him having not proven his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury at the time.
Moreover, the fact that the Reds are understood to have rejected an offer for his services from Valencia since the end of the season, according to Spanish website Superdeporte, shows that they regard him as more than simply a back-up stopper interchangeable with Anders Lindegaard.