Tottenham Hotspur’s transfer chase for Giovani Lo Celso got even more confusing last night as two conflicting reports emerged regarding the deal.
The Daily Record are reporting that Tottenham are closing in on a deal. They report that Tottenham have finally agreed a fee with the Spanish side to secure the player’s signature. Tottenham are set to pay an initial €52 million (£47.5m) for the player, but that could rise to €60 million (£54.9m) with performance-related add-ons.
But the news from Sevilla appears different. Late last night, ABC De Sevilla suggested that the deal could be off.
The report stated the Spanish side had grown weary with Tottenham’s transfer tactics and had pulled the deal off the table. Betis are also said to be ‘upset with the attitude’ of the Argentine international.
Tottenham and Lo Celso had reportedly agreed on a deal, which would see him double his wages. But Betis no longer need to sell Lo Celso after agreeing departures for Junior Firpo and Victor Camarasa, so are not prepared to go low on his asking price.
The report does also state that this could be a negotiation tactic from Betis. The idea is their drastic measure causes Tottenham to speed up the process and make a bid they deem suitable.
For Tottenham fans, it is yet more confusion over a transfer deal that has rumbled on throughout the summer.
Lo Celso is clearly seen as a potential replacement for Christian Eriksen and the player is keen on the move. The hope would have been that Tottenham could have got this deal done quickly but the latest conflicting reports would suggest there is some way to go before Tottenham can bring Lo Celso to London.