Tottenham Hotspur are pretty well off at goalkeeper with captain Hugo Lloris, and while Michel Vorm stepped up when needed this season, there’s been a looming question about who the future is for Spurs in net when one or both move on from the club. Mauricio Pochettino seemed to show a sign of that last season by taking on Espanyol’s Pau Lopez on a full season loan. The question was whether or not it was going to be a full time deal seems to have been answered.
The Guardian reports that Spurs have made a formal bid to Espanyol for the Daniel Levy-friendly amount of just €2m (£1.74m) to make the loan permanent. If that number seems lower than what was originally reported, you aren’t hallucinating:
The 22-year-old has one year to run on his Espanyol contract and, as he is not inclined to sign a new one, Tottenham believe that they are in a strong negotiating position. The London club had the option to buy Pau outright last January for €7m (£6.08m) but they passed it up, largely because they felt that they could get him for less.
It looks as though the decision not to buy him outright will pay off as it appears Espanyol are okay with letting Lopez go, especially with a year left on his current contract. We didn’t get to see him play in the senior squad, but the 22-year-old played loads of time in Premier League 2 throughout the season and the reports are that he’s very good and worthy of being a backup. From Pochettino himself:
Pochettino discussed Pau in early April. “He is very competitive and has a strong character,” Pochettino said. “He needs to learn and improve but he is ready – physically and mentally.”
Michel Vorm is still the #2 behind Hugo, and while Vorm has not shown a single problem with having a rather cushy job being one of the best in the world, he may get that itch to start once more before the end of his career. Vorm is reportedly on £22k/week and is entering the final year of his contract, and there isn’t a doubt in my mind that he could start at any number of lower to mid-table clubs and make more money.
Whether or not Vorm opts to seek a starting role elsewhere, Spurs are planning ahead. While this is just a bid and not a formal acceptance by Espanyol, it appears that the Spaniard will be staying in London for the foreseeable future.