It has become fairly clear over the past few weeks that Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino wants Giovani Lo Celso in North London.
Numerous reports have suggested the Argentine is Tottenham’s key target for the summer. As reported by the BBC, Tottenham have already made a bid of £53 million for the player this summer.
At the time, it was suggested Lo Celso’s club Real Betis would not sell for less than his £88 million release clause.
However, Sky Sports has now suggested otherwise. They report that the Spanish club would entertain an offer of £70 million for the Argentina international.
Lo Celso is currently away on international duty with La Albiceleste, but Tottenham would still be able to push through a deal if they wanted.
This latest update provides Daniel Levy with his biggest test yet for the summer.
The price-tag of £88 million always seemed out of Tottenham’s price-range. Nobody was expecting Levy to pay that much and Pochettino was always likely to be left disappointed.
However, news of a £70 million valuation seems to be met with more optimism.
It is still very out of character for Levy and Tottenham to spend so much on one player. However, it is not a fee that seems out of reach.
Tottenham could surely even consider throwing a player in the opposite direction to bring the valuation even lower.
This is now a huge test for Levy. Is he ready to back Pochettino or not. An extra £13 million appears to give Spurs a chance for the Argentine’s apparent main target. Fail to deliver, and the Tottenham boss may rightly begin to wonder when he will ever get the backing his performances deserve.