Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United will both go head to head against each other in their pursuit of Valencia shot-stopper Giorgi Mamardashvili.
According to Marca, Premier League duo Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United will both seek to secure the signature of Valencia star Giorgi Mamardashvili in the upcoming summer transfer window.
The Georgian international has been with Los Che since 2021 and the Spaniards appear ready to move him on just a year later. It has little to do with him in particular, as the entire Valencia roster is available on the market as they look to adjust their financial deficit.
At 21, Mamardashvili is a talented youngster and has the best years of his career ahead of him. Possessing immense potential, it is difficult to imagine that Valencia would be ready to part with him unless their hands were tied. Tottenham and Manchester United both remain keen and will only be too happy to take the young Georgian in the summer.
Both the English clubs have celebrated goalkeepers in their midst, who have served the clubs for a decade or more now. However, sooner or later, changes need to be made. Hugo Lloris is entering the twilight of his career, while David de Gea is also not getting any younger.
Lloris signed a contract extension earlier this year, but it is debatable if the 36-year-old will continue to be the first choice until 2024. Spurs are closing in on Fraser Forster this summer, but he is 34 himself and is not a long-term solution either.
It can be argued that either player will act as a stop-gap solution until a new long-term answer can be found. Whether Mamardashvili is the answer to that question remains to be seen. Tottenham have good relations with Valencia having loaned them Bryan Gil last January.
But they will face competition from Manchester United. De Gea is 31 while Dean Henderson looks set to be moved on. While the former still has a few years left in him, the club will be well advised to not wait until the 11th hour to bring in a replacement. With Erik ten Hag now at the helm, the Red Devils could do with a young keeper who can be educated for a year or two in embracing the Dutchman’s style of play.
Mamardashvili is a good shot-stopper, especially from short-range and has the ability to be the leading goalkeeper in the years to come. Whether he will go on to do that at Manchester United or Tottenham remains to be seen. Of the two, it is the latter who needs a new goalkeeper sooner, and time will tell whether Antonio Conte’s side will show the required urgency to land the 21-year-old.