Tottenham are reportedly eyeing a shock move for Chelsea outcast Edouard Mendy to replace club legend Hugo Lloris, who is set to leave at the end of the season. Lloris has been offered a lucrative move to Saudi Arabia where Al-Hilal are reportedly ready to offer the France World Cup winner an eye-watering €1.3 million per month. Spurs are yet to appoint Antonio Conte’s permanent successor but whoever is appointed by Daniel Levy is unlikely to stand in Lloris’ way and attempt to convince him to stay.
Mendy joined Chelsea nearly three years ago upon the recommendation of Petr Cech and quickly ousted one-time club-record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga as the club’s undisputed No.1. His performances played a key role in securing an unlikely Champions League triumph under Thomas Tuchel but his form has deteriorated rapidly over the course of the last 12 months. Indeed, up until last weekend he hadn’t played a competitive match for Chelsea since the break for December’s World Cup and he was badly at fault for Nottingham Forest’s opening goal in last weekend’s 2-2 draw. The 31-year-old is understood to have rejected several new contract offers and, as such, Chelsea are minded to let him leave in the summer, even if it means joining a rival. Todd Boehly has already spent in excess of £600million since assuming control of Chelsea, but he will sanction another significant outlay in the summer with a new earmarked goalkeeper as a priority. Brentford’s David Raya, Porto’s Diogo Costa and Everton’s Jordan Pickford are all said to be on the west London club’s radar.