Didier Deschamps says he would release Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris from his France squad if the player wished to hold transfer talks. The France Football Federation have already on 31 August released Monaco forward Anthony Martial from France's training base at Clairefontaine so the player can hold talks with Manchester United.
And on an increasingly busy day for Louis van Gaal's side, David de Gea's move to Real Madrid appears to be back on track with Marca claiming the Spaniard has travelled to Madrid to hold talks over a €35m (£25m, $39m) move.
Throughout the summer, Tottenham shot stopper Lloris was tipped as the most likely candidate to replace De Gea at Old Trafford in the event of him joining Real. And while talk of that move has alleviated in recent weeks, Deschamps has somewhat bizarrely opened the door for Lloris' move again, saying he would grant the Frenchman permission to leave the training camp to hold talks with another club – just as he did with Martial.
"I have seen some media report that Hugo Lloris could leave too. If there is another case that presents itself, I would act in the same way (as with Anthony Martial)," Deschamps was quoted as saying by RMC Sport.
Lloris is currently with the France squad ahead of international friendlies with Portugal and Serbia. Martial was on 31 August allowed to leave that group, as confirmed by the French Football Federation.
"Anthony Martial was presented Monday at 11am at the gathering of the France team at Clairefontaine," the governing body announced in an official statement released via their website. "He requested from Didier Deschamps permission to travel to England to sign a contract with Manchester United. Given the exceptional circumstances, the coach has accepted the request of the player."
United are expected to be extremely busy during the final two days of the transfer window. While their offer for Martial was initially reported as being £36m, L'Equipe now suggest that they could end up paying closer £58m for the 19-year-old. De Gea's transfer is also likely to trigger a scramble for another goalkeeper, with both Victor Valdes and Anders Lindegaard close to sealing moves away from the club ahead of Tuesday's 6pm deadline, according to RMC Sport and the Birmingham Mail respectively.