Ajax’s number one, Andre Onana, is interested in leaving the Dutch club, and Tottenham are thought to be considering making a move for the Cameroonian.
The 24-year-old keeper started his senior career with Ajax in 2015 after graduating from Barcelona’s youth academy. The athletic keeper is seen as a pure shot-stopper, someone with cat-like reflexes and an unrivalled enthusiasm for the game.
Whichever team lands Onana will have to shell out about £35 million to secure his services.
While Onana has a massive upside, there are a few drawbacks to his ever-evolving skillset: his presence in tight crowds, particularly on crosses or corners, has come into question. He doesn’t dominate aerial deliveries the way you’d expect from an élite keeper.
He is still only 24 years old, and has time to improve his confidence. But you’d expect a keeper who costs £35 million to be the finished article.
I can’t see Spurs pursuing Onana unless the price drops well below £30 million.
Onana isn’t the only keeper Tottenham are keeping close tabs on, with Lazio’s Thomas Strakosha also being monitored by the club.
Finding a replacement for Lloris is by no means Tottenham’s top priority. Far from it. Sourcing reinforcements at right-back, upfront, in central defence and in the heart of midfield are all more pressing requirements.
Though I’m not sure that would be wholly beneficial for a Tottenham side short on captain-like personalities.