The French goalkeeper was spectacularly linked to the London club, as they seemingly did battle with Andre Villas-Boas' Spurs for the veteran's signature. However, according to the latest report in The Metro, it was all just a guise in order to boost up the asking price for Lloris:
Tottenham's tug-of-war over Hugo Lloris with bitter rivals Arsenal has taken a new twist, after it was reported Spurs believe the Gunners made a disingenuous bid for the goalkeeper in order to push up his price.
Spurs have been long-term admirers of the French no.1, while Arsenal were attributed with an interest last month. Such a move would have suited the Ligue 1 outfit as they seek £16million for their wantaway keeper, which is £3million more than Spurs are willing to offer.
However, French weekly sports newspaper Le 10 Sport, claim Spurs are now suggesting the leaked Gunners 'interest' was part of a ploy set-up between Arsene Wenger and Lyon manager Remi Garde, who played under the Arsenal boss for three years.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is said to be suspicious of the interest shown by Arsenal, who are already fully stocked in goal with Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski. Sources at the Emirates told Le 10 Sport that Lloris was never a serious target for Wenger.
The move that Arsenal were believed to making for Lloris came via The Daily Mail at the start of July, with the Gunners reportedly interested in signing the French goalkeeper over the summer transfer window for around £16 million.
Which, for me, screams that the offer is nothing too serious.
The offer of £16 million for a goalkeeper that truth be told, Arsenal don't even need seems a little excessive—particularly for a club unwilling to shell out the big money to keep Robin van Persie.
The Gunners have Wojciech Szczesny as their first choice goalkeeper, and whilst Lloris would be an upgrade from replacement Lukasz Fabianski, they simply don't need another keeper to push Szczesny for the starting position.
They have more pressing issues in the transfer window, such as Van Persie and, at the time of the report, signing Olivier Giroud from Montpellier. This makes the Gunners interest in the goalkeeper a bizarre and unusual one.
It could just be fabrication from The Daily Mail, which it likely is to some extent, but the question then becomes as to why Tottenham have taken offense to something that Arsenal did, if they indeed, didn't do anything at all.
Arsenal must have done something in the race for Lloris that ruffled some feathers at White Hart Lane. However, whether they deserve calling out for creating a false interest in the player in order to raise the asking price, that still remains to be seen.
Were Arsenal ever interested in Hugo Lloris?
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