Real Madrid are reportedly considering a summer move for Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris if Mauricio Pochettino's side fail to win anything of note this season, despite Chelsea stopper and mooted target Thibaut Courtois recently telling of his desire to return to Spain.
Lloris has developed into one of the world's best 'keepers since joining Spurs from Ligue 1 outfit Lyon in the summer of 2012, and was made captain of the Lilywhites in 2015, succeeding Younes Kaboul.
The France international, who also skippers Les Bleus, has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Real in the past but has opted to remain at Tottenham, who have transformed themselves from Europa League mainstays to Champions League regulars during his spell in the English capital.
Lloris is content at Tottenham and one of Pochettino's most trusted lieutenants, but according to The Mirror Real are preparing a£25m ($33.4m) move for the 31-year-old, who is yet to win a trophy in north London.
Zinedine Zidane's men seem set to pilfer Athletic Club's Kepa Arrizabalaga but they are also said to be pondering a summer deal for Lloris, who they see as a cheaper option than long-term target David de Gea.
Tottenham would understandably be loath to lose the Frenchman and would certainly find it difficult to obtain an adequate replacement, but Lloris, 31, is coming into his prime years as a goalkeeper and will no doubt want to add to his sole Coupe de France title before his career comes to an end.
Pochettino has yet to win anything at Tottenham and isn't likely to break his duck this season, with his side already 18 points behind runaway league leaders Manchester City. Spurs aren't exactly favourites for the Champions League either, and the Argentine recently admitted that the Carabao Cup and FA Cup are not of much importance to his side, as evidenced by their 3-2 defeat at home to West Ham United in September.
Lloris may have a big decision to make over his future in the summer, but Real's interest in the Tottenham stopper may actually prove to be good news for Chelsea. Thibaut Courtois has recently discussed his desire to return to Spain in the coming years and has long been of interest to Los Blancos, who saw him up close and personal when he plied his trade for their bitter rivals Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is keen to see Courtois commit his future to the Blues, but the Belgium international stated last month that no progress has been made over a new deal. Courtois is not the only Chelsea star with eyes on pastures new; Eden Hazard has seen fit to flutter his eyes at Real on a number of occasions in recent months.