Spain’s El Desmarque has revealed today that Real Betis had their representatives in London to negotiate with Tottenham about Giovani Lo Celso’s transfer. Lo Celso has fast emerged one of the top targets for the London club, with multiple reports corroborating Spurs’ interest in signing him, albeit for something less than his release clause.
£88 million release clause is the first obstacle in Lo Celso’s transfer to Spurs
Spurs need to replace Christian Eriksen if and when he leaves. The Spanish report claims there’s been contact between the higher authorities of both club somewhere in London. The report says Real Betis’ vice-chairman Jose Miguel Catalan was in London to discuss the deal with Spurs’ representatives.
Giovani Lo Celso’s transfer is a big deal for Spurs as Eriksen wants to leave for the next step in his career. Mauricio Pochettino wants to bring someone in who can contribute with both goals and assists from the attacking midfield position (number 10). The Argentine scored 16 goals and got five assists in a lowly team like Betis, so he can certainly make the step-up to Spurs.
Lo Celso transfer will give Spurs leverage in any Eriksen transfer
Other players linked with Spurs will be targeted by other top clubs. Bruno Fernandes, for instance is also being monitored by Man United. United’s shadow also looms on the Lo Celso transfer, so Spurs interest lies in getting this deal done as soon as possible.
If Spurs can get the deal for Giovani over the line before any offers come-in for Eriksen, they will hold a better leverage in the negotiations. The narrative so far has been that Spurs will sell Christian Eriksen and fund any replacement with the money made on the Dane. Spurs certainly have a transfer kitty to spend and doing so on Lo Celso will be a wise move from Pochettino and Co.