Tottenham ‘monitored’ player recently as Spurs in search of long term option
Since returning from his loan spell at Serie B side Salernitana in 2016, Thomas Strakosha has been the first choice goalkeeper at Lazio and has made 25 starts in the league this season.
The 23-year-old’s displays have drawn attention from clubs in England as the interest in him is ‘not lacking’.
According to Calciomercato, Liverpool were looking at the Albania international last summer, but the Reds ended up signing Alisson Becker from AS Roma in the same window.
Tottenham Hotspur are another club to have set their sights on the shot stopper and it is claimed the north London club have ‘monitored’ Strakosha in recent months as they are in search for a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris.
Calciomercato claims it is unlikely that Lazio president Claudio Lotito and sporting director Igli Tare will let Strakosha leave, and he’s contracted to the Serie A club until 2022.
Lloris, 32, still has three more years left on his contract with the Premier League outfit and it doesn’t make huge sense for them to sign Strakosha in the summer, especially when there have other areas that Tottenham need to strengthen.
Tottenham have been linked repeatedly with young goalkeepers in recent years, and also took Pau Lopez on loan from Espanyol.
All you need to know about rumoured Tottenham target Thomas Strakosha
The 24-year-old who has been Lazio’s number 1 for two seasons now has evolved into one of the best shot-stoppers in the Seria A, and has played a pivotal part in Lazio’s challenge for the Champions League places this season.
With Michel Vorm expected to leave in the summer when his contract expires, and with Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris’ form leaving a lot to be desired this season, it is suggested that Spurs might launch a bid for the Albanian international this summer.
Here’s all you need to know about Strakosha
Full Name: Thomas Strakosha
Playing Style: The 6-foot 4-inch man is a fantastic shot-stopper, who relies on his positioning and reflexes rather than his acrobatic abilities. While shot stopping is Strakosha main attribute, he is also tidy with the ball at his feet.
Strengths: Shot-stopping, positioning, quick off his line
Weaknesses: No obvious weaknesses
Highlights of His Career: The 24-year-old has been in Lazio’s books since 2012, but has become their undisputed number 1 in the last two seasons. The Albanian’s performances in the last two seasons have caught the attention of many clubs, as he is now rated as one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Serie A.
Rumour Rating: C-
While Strakosha would no doubt be a great addition to the team, it is unlikely that Spurs are looking for a number 1 in the summer. Lloris and Paulo Gazzaniga are likely to still remain Tottenham No. 1 and No. 2 respectively and is a third keeper that Tottenham are looking for.
That makes a move for Strakosha unlikely particularly given that he will reportedly cost around £30 million. Besides, it won’t make sense for the 24-year-old to move to a team where he is unlikely to be No.1