Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso for much of this summer.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Tottenham made a £53 million bid for Lo Celso at the end of May. Sky Sports have recently suggested Betis would accept £70 million for the player, but the latest reports from Seville suggested a further reduction was. Estadio Deportivo recently hinted that £67 million could get a deal done for Argentine.
The trail has recently gone cold. Tottenham signed Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke in the meanwhile, whilst Lo Celso was in international action at the Copa America.
But this week, reports have highlighted again the desire of Tottenham to bring in Lo Celso. Real Betis’ new head coach Rubi has been discussing the future of his star player. As quoted by AS, he made it clear he wants Lo Celso to remain. He also made it clear that he was not 100 percent sure he would.
“There will be some players that you have to see the other side, maybe there is someone who does not have the same idea to stay. Lo Celso? He could be, but I, as coach, would be delighted to continue and (see him) play football as well as last year (at Betis).”
Now, Mucho Deporte has reported on the news. They state that a player has informed Rubi he wants to leave Real Betis this summer. That player is, however, Takashi Inui, not Lo Celso.
Lo Celso, however, has not had the opportunity. As reported by MuchoDeporte, the new Betis coach has not yet spoken to the Tottenham transfer target.
Rubi was appointed whilst Lo Celso was on international duty and the playmaker is not yet back in training with Los Verdiblancos. The report goes on to confirm that Lo Celso has informed Real Betis he wants to play Champions League football next season – something Tottenham can offer.
It appears that Tottenham’s main problem regarding Lo Celso might be that price-tag, which would see them break their transfer record for the second time this summer.
Other then that one massive problem, it seems a deal could still be on the cards.