With Mauricio Pochettino's arrival at Paris Saint-Germain, transfer rumors are bound to follow. One of those names in the PSG rumor and the first is one linking Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris with a move to the French capital who was Pochettino's Deputy for several years at Tottenham. If the Frenchman was to return to his native country, what would that mean for Keylor Navas? What’s the social media rush comparing the Costa Rican Captain Keylor Navas and French Captain Hugo Lloris?
The Costa Rican goalkeeper arrived in Paris from Real Madrid in the summer of 2019 and signed a four-year contract with the capital club until 30 June 2023. Since then, he's been the No.1 at the Ligue 1 club, with Sergio Rico acting as his No.2 and Alphonse Areola moving on loan to Real Madrid and now Fulham. He was one of the most decorated goalkeepers of Real Madrid and his arrival at PSG had an instant impact on them. In his first season, he went on to play the first-ever UCL Final of PSG against Bayern Munich. PSG lost the final to Bayern (1:0) but the Costa Rican had a very successful campaign. It was his 4th Champions League final and he finished the European campaign with 5 clean sheets, the second most after Manuel Neuer despite having played 191 minutes less. He won all the three Champions League finals played with Real Madrid in their glorious 3-peat.
After such a great season the 34-year-old Keylor is of the belief that he'll be given the rest of the season to win the trust of his new boss at PSG, but that may not be enough. The proposed arrival of the World Cup winner Hugo Lloris from Tottenham wouldn't be possible until the summer,
The Spurs goalkeeper has just one year left on his contract in north London which allows him to stay till 30 June 2022. Tottenham is keen to extend the 34-year-old's contract until 2023 but there is still no agreement between the two parties. Lloris is still very much wanted at his current club, though and he is still their undisputed starter for Jose Mourinho.
"My goalkeeper is the best in the Premier League," Jose Mourinho said not long ago.
A move to PSG would be a return to French football for Lloris, who played for Nice and Lyon before leaving for England in 2012.
The Costa Rican was undisputed No.1 under Thomas Tuchel, but the new coach Mauricio Pochettino with whom Hugo Loris enjoyed some of the best days of his career; might well have other plans. Pochettino reportedly has Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as one of his desired transfer targets in Paris, which could see the two battle for the role at the Parc des Princes.
Something similar happened with Keylor Navas when Thibaut Courtois was brought from Chelsea in the 2018-19 season. Both of them had to fight their spot. But a mutual agreement between Navas and Madrid saw him leaving the Spanish capital in 2019. It was a sensible decision as Courtois was just 28 years old and was the golden glove winner of World Cup 2018. These were his prime years in football even though Navas was performing exceptionally well enough at that time. But giving Courtois the number one spot was pivotal for Madrid’s future as Keylor was 33 years old at that time.
But the Argument is different now. Both Keylor and Lloris are 34 years old. Both of them operating at their level best in their respective clubs. Both are well-respected goalkeepers with impressive CVs. So, it all comes down to Pochettino’s choice and preference.
According to Eurosport, Loris to PSG could be more likely to happen given the French goalkeeper only has one year left on his deal with Spurs.
Should that happen, Keylor would likely leave PSG, even though he has two more years on his contract, though it may transpire that Pochettino will want to keep both stoppers at the club to ensure quality in depth. Provided his age and his lucrative contract Navas might agree to be the 2nd to Lloris.
Navas once denied that role in Real Madrid with sheer heart. Even though he is 34 years old we don’t see that happening. But is really Hugo Lloris better than Keylor Navas?
The two most important achievement of Lloris as a Tottenham player was runners up of Football League Cup (2014-15) and runners up of Champions League (2018-19). In 2018 Lloris captained France to their World Cup glory in Russia. It is one of the highlights of his career. He was always a standout performer in the Hotspur team. He was the Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011-1; for Lyon.
Keylor Navas is often considered as one of the world's best goalkeepers, the best in the history of CONCACAF, and one of the best in the history of Latin America. He won the La Liga in 2016-17 and Three Consecutive Champions League (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18), three UEFA Super Cup (2014,2016,2017), 4 FIFA Club World Cup (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018). In his first year at PSG, he won the Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League Final. Trophy wise Keylor is miles ahead of Hugo Lloris. But Hugo Lloris also critically acclaimed and leader material. It all depends on Pochettino and playing style.