Tottenham have been told that they’ll need to spend big in order to sign highly-rated Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir. The Turkish club’s president has claimed that he’s in the top three goalkeepers in Europe.
Spurs have been searching for a new back-up to Hugo Lloris, it’s been claimed.
The Frenchman sustained a lengthy injury earlier this season, after dislocating his shoulder.
The club only won five of the 15 matches that Lloris was injured for, and Tottenham are now looking for an upgrade on Paulo Gazzaniga.
Mourinho is interested in signing Cakir from Trabzonspor, but the club aren’t going to let him leave without a big transfer fee.
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“Our transfer budget will be determined by who is sold at the end of the season,” said the club’s president, Ahmet Agaoglu, according to Turkish Football.
“In my opinion Ugurcan Cakir is one of the three best goalkeepers in Europe and a huge prospect for Turkish football.
“We want €20-25m. it could be as high as €30m for him, but of course we also hope he stays.”
The 23-year-old goalkeeper has been watched by a number of clubs over recent weeks.
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Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Sevilla all sent scouts to watch the goalkeeper in Trabzonspor’s match against Besiktas last weekend.
The Turkey international was helpless to prevent Besiktas scoring twice in a 2-2 draw.
But, the Trabzonspor goal was peppered with chances, with Cakir being forced into action nine times throughout the tie.
Cakir has now conceded 22 goals in 21 league games this season, and has kept four clean sheets.
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Cakir started his Trabzonspor career in 2013, and worked his way up to the first-team from the Under-17s.
He was installed as the club’s primary goalkeeper in November, last season.
Since then, he’s made 41 appearances for the Turkish club, who are pushing for the Super Lig title this season.
They’re a point behind top of the table Istanbul Basaksehir, and they have a game in hand over their rivals.
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Meanwhile, despite Tottenham’s apparent search for a new back-up goalkeeper, Mourinho admitted that it “hurt” to drop Gazzaniga earlier this season, after the return of Lloris.
“Mixed emotions for me,” he said at the time. “Great to see one of the world’s best back but it was a decision which hurt to leave Paulo out.
“The good thing is that [Gazzaniga’s] such a good member of the family and a special friend of Hugo that he shared our happiness to have Hugo back.
“He gave me a lot to think about and I had to be cold without emotions.”
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