Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo urged to sell first team star – He has to go

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Former Tottenham defender Graham Roberts has called for new boss Nuno Espirito Santo to make a bold call and sell goalkeeper Hugo Lloris this summer. The France World Cup winner is heading into his ninth season as a Spurs player but he has also entered the final 12 months of his contract.

Tottenham have signed Atlanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini on a season-long loan, with an option to buy.

Gollini is expected to challenge for a starting spot over the coming months.

Meanwhile, third-choice shot-stopper Joe Hart is wanted by Scottish side Celtic.

Nuno’s primary aim this summer is to try and keep hold of star striker Harry Kane amid interest from Manchester City.

But there is also a problem at the other end of the pitch with Lloris’ market value decreasing with every passing day.

Roberts reckons selling Lloris now would be the smartest play for the new Portuguese manager.

Roberts told Football FanCast: “If he doesn’t sign a contract, he has to go because we don’t want to lose him for nothing.

“Maybe. If he doesn’t sign a contract, you don’t want to play a goalkeeper that at the end of the season is going to walk out.”

Lloris starred for France at Euro 2020, where his nation lost to Switzerland on penalties in the last-16.

During his time on international duty, the 34-year-old fielded questions over his future.

“I will answer these questions once the European Championships are over,” he told French publication Nice-Matin.

Meanwhile, former Premier League keeper Paddy Kenny reckons Lloris’ time in north London is up.

“Me personally, I’d be waiting for a move where I can go and be number one,” he told Football Insider.

“But listen, it’s a chance to go to Spurs and Lloris has only got a year left. So there’s a good chance he’ll move on.

“I don’t think he’s been the best or the most consistent over the past few years anyway.

“So why not go there and challenge him for that spot? Ramsdale is still a young lad so it will be perfect for him to learn off someone like Lloris as well.”

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