Real Betis chief executive José Miguel López Catalán has told ABC Sevilla that Tottenham Hotspur will buy Giovani Lo Celso permanently if they qualify for the Champions League – as he revealed there is a mandatory clause in his loan deal.
Lo Celso, 23, joined Tottenham intially on loan in the summer from Betis – which Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo claimed earlier this week was worth £13.7million. He has since managed just nine appearances for Spurs, starting only twice.
Under Jose Mourinho, Lo Celso has featured only once as a very late substitute in the 3-2 win over Bournemouth on Saturday. It has led to Estadio Deportivo claiming Tottenham may opt against keeping the Argentina international.
Betis CEO Catalan claims Tottenham have three different ways in which they can buy Lo Celso permanently. They can do just that in January, with an option to land Lo Celso for just £27.5million.
If Spurs reach the top four and qualify for the Champions League, they have a mandatory clause which will mean they have to pay £35.3million for Lo Celso. If they fail to make the Champions League, that obligatory clause will become an option.
“The purchase option can be exercised in January and they would have to pay €32m,” Catalán said. “In June it is mandatory, if they get into the Champions League. If not they will have an option. They will have to make a decision on whether to buy him.”
TBR’s view – What course of action should Tottenham take on Lo Celso?
They should let things be. Lo Celso has hardly been given a chance to shine, given he was injured at the start of the season. Unfortunately for Lo Celso, his fellow countryman Mauricio Pochettino is no longer at Spurs.
Jose Mourinho has come in and it remains to be seen what the Portuguese thinks of Lo Celso. It is too soon to spend money on him come January. If Spurs qualify for the Champions League, they will have to buy Lo Celso and so be it.
If they fail to do so, Spurs have the option to buy him in the summer. They should base that on the remainder of the season.