A report in Spain has detailed Tottenham’s plan to try and get Giovani Lo Celso on the cheapest deal possible from Real Betis this summer.
El Desmarque Sevilla has stated that the Premier League side are playing a waiting game regarding a potential deal for the Argentine international.
Tottenham will reportedly hope to tempt Betis with a €50 million (£44.5m) offer for the player just before the close of the British transfer window.
Betis need to sell Lo Celso to balance the books following the signing of World Cup winner Nabil Fekir. Tottenham are therefore hopeful Los Verdiblancos will not risk gambling on another buyer entering from elsewhere in Europe, where the transfer window shuts at the start of September.
It is a bold move from Tottenham and chairman Daniel Levy. Considering the Standard recently hinted that Betis want £67 million for the player, it would also see them save a huge sum of money.
But it is a method they tried to implement last summer, but which backfired badly.
As reported by The Express, Tottenham were waiting until the last minute to try and sign Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish at the lowest price possible.
The Championship side were in financial difficulty and Tottenham were hoping to take advantage. As reported by The Times, a £25 million bid was lodged on deadline day.
But by that time, it was too late.
Aston Villa had been taken over and no longer needed to sell Grealish. The midfielder signed a new deal and was promised he could leave should the club fail to secure promotion. Grealish helped his beloved club to play-off glory and Aston Villa will field Grealish in the Premier League next season.
Again, it seems a risky tactic from Tottenham to sign Lo Celso. The rest of Europe’s transfer window does not close on August 8th and Betis could just play the waiting game for a better offer from elsewhere.
Tottenham will have to hope that Levy’s bullish negotiating tactic does not come back to bite them again this summer.