Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in signing young and talented goalkeeper Carlos Abad from Tenerife as a possible replacement for Pau Lopez according to Marca.
The 21-year old custodian spent the last two seasons on loan with Real Madrid’s second team Castilla, but the Spanish champions have decided to let go of the opportunity to sign him on a permanent basis, leaving the playing field open for us to make a swoop.
Abad joined Castilla in the summer of 2015 on a two-year loan deal with an option for Madrid to make the move permanent and became the first-choice keeper, ahead of Luca Zidane and Alexandro Marco Craninx. After impressing heavily for the reserves, it was largely expected that the Los Blancos will snap up the tall goalie on a permanent transfer, but according to reports from Marca, the 21-year old is now set to return to Tenerife.
However, amid interest from several clubs across Europe, it does seem likely that Abad won’t be staying at the Canary Islands for long.
Marca claims that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino could look at the youngster as a potential alternative for loanee Pau Lopez.
Pau was signed on a season-long loan from Espanyol, with an option to make the transfer a permanent one for €7 million. But, Tottenham have refused to meet that fee and are instead offering only €2 million to bring him to the club, which has led to negotiations hitting a stalemate.
Pochettino is keen on adding a young goalkeeper to the ranks, despite having Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm at his disposal. The Argentine is believed to be keen on developing a shot-stopper to eventually take over from our club captain in the future.
But, with the deal for Pau Lopez hitting a snag, it looks like the boss has turned his attention towards Abad. In his two years with Castilla, Abad has made 67 appearances and has gained valuable experience. He has a contract till 2020 with Tenerife.