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Tottenham director Fabio Paratici has been offered the chance to sign Juventus goalkeeper and former Arsenal player Wojciech Szczesny as a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris in the January transfer window, according to reports. The north Londoners are thought to be scouring the market for a new first-choice goalkeeper as a result of the uncertainty over the future of Lloris, who will become a free agent at the end of next season as things stand.
The French stopper is yet to commit to a new long-term contract at the club and it has been suggested that he could depart when his current deal expires to leave Tottenham boss Antonio Conte in need of a new man between the sticks. However, it seems as though Lloris could be replaced by as early as January if Paratici takes up the option to sign Szczesny after being offered the chance to do so by intermediaries, according to 90min.
It is claimed that Szczesny is one of several targets on Tottenham’s radar in spite of his status as an Arsenal icon and is being tracked by those in power at the club in advance of the January window. However, he is yet to emerge as a priority target at Spurs and Juventus are not desperate to sell him at the turn of the year, which suggests that a mid-season move is unlikely as things stand.
Tottenham have not entirely closed the door on the possibility of adding Szczesny to their ranks but are said to have plenty of other irons in the fire, including the likes of Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who has also been offered to them after falling out of favour at Stamford Bridge. Paratici, meanwhile, is thought to have his eye on three current Premier League goalkeepers as he weighs up the best course of action before the transfer market reopens.
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Everton and England stopper Jordan Pickford is said to be a long-term target for Tottenham, while Chelsea have also been credited with a desire to snap him up at some point in the not-too-distant future. Spurs are also keen on Robert Sanchez and David Raya of Brighton and Brentford respectively, with both players having been included in Spain’s squad for the World Cup ahead of the likes of David de Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga.
It remains to be seen which direction Tottenham will go in to improve their goalkeeping ranks over the coming months, with Paratici and Conte eager to lead a productive January window in order to maximise their preparations for the all-important Premier League run-in. The Spurs boss has already hinted that he is not yet entirely content with the players at his disposal by underlining the need to improve his squad when quizzed on new signings at the end of last month.
“I think the club understand very well the importance of bringing in important players, good players, in January,” Conte told reporters. “I’m not the person who has to explain this to my club. If you ask me in January what happens when we have to play many other games, we will have to try to do our best.
“We want to finish in the best possible way before the World Cup. My priority now is not January but to finish in the best possible way before the World Cup.”
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