Arsenal in battle with Tottenham over deal for €25m-rated star

North London sides Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly vying for the signature of Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.

The goalkeeper kept a total of 13 clean sheets in 44 appearances for Lazio in the recently concluded seas.

For the Gunners, Petr Cech has retired from the game, meaning they might have to look to the market to provide that extra competition for number one Bernd Leno.

Although they still have in their ranks the likes of Emiliano Martinez and David Ospina, Unai Emery wants a better competition and hoping both can be sold or released on loan.

It is a somewhat similar scenario for Spurs. Goalkeeper Michel Vorm is leaving this summer, and they need an extra competiton for Hugo Lloris who has been undisputed for a number of years.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, both clubs have highlighted Strakosha as the goalkeeper who can fill the gloves.

With a €25m asking price, he is quite affordable for the English clubs.

Tottenham will especially be looking to start the summer in a big way by announcing the signature of any prospect having missed out on all their targets last season.

The Gunners, however, are on a tight budget and will have to decide on what is important to the team – a midfielder, a defender, or another goalkeeper when they already have three decent goalies.