Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly keen on a move for Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha – but would he be a good addition to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad?
The Express cite Italian outlet Corriere Della Sera in writing that Spurs’ North London rivals Arsenal are also interested in Strakosha as they look for a replacement for the now-retired Petr Cech.
The 24-year-old joined Lazio in 2012 but has only established himself as the club’s first-choice shot-stopper over the last couple of years.
He is known to be comfortable with the ball at his feet and has cited Bayern Munich ‘keeper Manuel Neuer as one of his heroes in the past, meaning he is not afraid to take risks in his own penalty area.
This passing ability makes it possible for him to launch counter attacks with the ball in his hands or from quick free-kicks and would add another dimension to Spurs’ play.
His 6ft 4″ frame makes him difficult to beat from range but, on the other hand, means he can find it difficult to get down to low shots on occasion.
Strakosha’s age means he is yet to enter his prime and is likely to only get better over the coming years, making him a perfect candidate to be Hugo Lloris’ long-term replacement with the Frenchman’s future looking uncertain.
The Albanian international is yet to play in the Champions League which may be of concern to Pochettino, although he has featured in the Europa League.
At the quoted price of 26m, a snip compared to the likes of Kepa Azaribilaga and Alisson, Strakosha would provide fantastic competition for Lloris before eventually making the number one shirt his own.