Alban Lafont is seen as Hugo Lloris’ natural successor for France after breaking through as a teenager … a slew of Premier League clubs wait behind the scenes with Fiorentina ready to capitalize on one of the best prospects goalkeeper from Europe
- Frenchman Alban Lafont is seen as Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris’ natural successor
- The 22-year-old is quickly building a reputation for being an excellent marksman
- Loaned to Nantes, Lafont is considered one of the most promising goalkeepers
- Fiorentina will look to cash in on Lafont this summer as they seek to raise funds
- Many Premier League clubs keep an eye on the French U21 international
Alban Lafont is already hailed as Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris’ natural successor, but news of his emergence is spreading beyond France.
The athletic goalkeeper was named Monday in the strong France team for the European Under-21 Championships.
He will start as his nation’s No.1 ahead of Leeds United’s Illan Meslier in the group stage kickoff next week and will be closely watched by scouts from across the continent, including the Premier League. Lafont, loaned to Nantes by the Italian team of Fiorentina, quickly created a reputation for being an excellent marksman.
Nantes lender Alban Lafont is spotted by the biggest European clubs for a summer move
This was further underscored by his exceptional performance last weekend when Nantes claimed a surprise 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain.
Lafont continually thwarted Mauricio Pochettino’s side with a series of saves frustrating Kylian Mbappe, Angel di Maria et al.
And his form has led parent club Fiorentina to consider cashing in this summer as they seek to raise funds after the pandemic. Nantes also has an option to buy it for just £ 6million.
The 22-year-old is seen as the natural successor to Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris (above) for France
Lafont helped Nantes to a surprise 2-1 win over PSG last weekend
Lafont made headlines in 2015 in Toulouse when he became the youngest goalkeeper in history to play in Ligue 1 at just 16 years and 310 days old and helped the club avoid relegation with eight clean sheets in 24 games.
He went on to make 106 appearances for Toulouse and sparked interest from Arsenal before being sold to Fiorentina at the age of 19 for £ 6million in 2018.
Although he had a few good times at first, the young goalkeeper wanted to leave Fiorentina and the decision was made to loan him to Nantes for two seasons.
There he reaffirmed his status as one of Europe’s top goalkeeper prospects and alerted clubs from England, Germany, Spain and Italy.
Fiorentina will look to take advantage of the athletic goalkeeper this summer to raise funds
Standing at just over 6-4, Lafont started out as an attacking midfielder, which may explain his passer-by skills, but, having embarked on a career in goal, he followed the styles of the he former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar and Manuel of Bayern Munich Neuer is arguably more mobile.
He will take his place in Nantes’ goals on Sunday in what could prove to be decisive for relegation against Lorient before starting for France U21 against Denmark next Thursday.