The Mirror has posted an update on Tottenham Hotspur’s interest in Giovani Lo Celso. Spurs have identified the Argentine midfielder as their main transfer target for the summer.
The report claims that Tottenham’s initial £53 million bid for the player was rejected, with Betis wanting the full £88.9 million stated in his release clause.
It also went on to suggest how Betis hope they can push that asking price up.
Lo Celso is set to feature for Argentina in the Copa America tournament this summer. The Spanish side hope that Lo Celso can shine in Brazil this summer.
The belief is that a fine showing from the midfielder at the competition could see plenty of other clubs show interest in the player. That could see a bidding war ensue and Tottenham may have to pay closer to that release clause then they would have previously liked.
Tottenham would have undoubtedly liked to get the deal for Lo Celso done before the Copa America gets underway.
Should the 23-year-old shine in Brazil, Tottenham could find themselves fighting an increasingly difficult battle to get him in for a price Daniel Levy will be willing to pay.
In some small part, it may make sense for Tottenham’s transfer target to struggle in Brazil, leaving them open to keep that price-tag as low as possible.
Either way, it looks as though no deal for Lo Celso will be done until after Copa America finishes in July.