Report: Pochettino wants to sign 21-year-old as departing player’s replacement

June 28, 2017

According to a report from Spanish newspaper Marca, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is considering a summer swoop for Tenerife goalkeeper Carlos Abad.

The 21-year-old has been on loan with Real Madrid Castilla since 2015, in which time he has appeared 67 times, keeping 18 clean sheets in the process.

His record is better for his parent club, with five clean sheets in just nine appearances, and while he has three years remaining on his Tenerife contract, Marca suggests he could still be on his way in the current transfer window.

Tottenham are cited as potential suitors, with Pochettino looking for a new ‘keeper after opting not to make Pau Lopez’s loan deal a permanent one.

While Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm are both on Tottenham’s books, the latter is in the final year of his contract and could move on if Abad arrived with the promise of game time in the cup competitions.

Tottenham were expected to ultimately seal a long-term deal for Lopez when they initially brought him in from Espanyol. But after he failed to make a single first-team appearance it was no surprise Spurs were unwilling to pay the previously agreed fee.

Pochettino is said to be a fan of Abad and with Tenerife inserting a purchase clause of £2.6million in his Castilla contract, he could be available on the cheap if Tottenham do follow up their initial interest with a concrete bid.