Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly decided against signing Sevilla sensation Pablo Sarabia despite boasting better stats than Giovani Lo Celso – and they are making an enormous mistake.
The Mirror have claimed that Real Betis want Lo Celso’s entire £88.9million release clause paid for in full by Spurs, after rejecting an offer believed to be in the region of £53million for the Argentina international.
But it is claimed that Spurs are to re-enter the market and return with an improved offer for Lo Celso, despite being offered Sarabia of Sevilla. Former Real Madrid ace Sarabia was sensational for Sevilla during 2018-19.
Lo Celso certainly impressed for Betis last season, scoring 16 goals for the Spanish side and laying on six assists in 46 outings. But Sarabia, from the same position, surpassed the Betis star in terms of stats.
Clocking up an impressive 52 league and cup appearances, uncapped Spaniard Sarabia scored an enormous 23 goals from out wide and proved to be just as creative, turning provider a further 17 times.
On paper, Sarabia is the better option and Tottenham are certainly making an intriguing decision in choosing to ignore the Sevilla ace in favour of Lo Celso. But that decision becomes a Spurs blunder, because of Sarabia’s exit clause.
Spanish newspaper Marca have claimed that Sarabia has a bargain £16million release clause in his contract, meaning he is likely to leave Sevilla this summer.
It begs the question – why are Tottenham willing to spend more than their rejected £53million offer on Lo Celso when they can sign Sarabia for just £16million? Only Mauricio Pochettino knows.