Tottenham are closing in on a cut-price deal for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, according to the Sun.
They report that after the Spanish club were able to secure a cheaper £22.6 million deal to sign Frenchman Nabil Fekir to replace Lo Celso, Daniel Levy has been able to push down the fee Spurs are paying.
The report says Spurs will pay £45 million for the Argentine international, who the BBC reported has a 100 million euros (£90 million) release clause in his Betis contract.
In years gone by, Levy’s frugality has cost Tottenham targets but this summer, he looks to have ensured that the players are so keen to come that they’ll shun offers from elsewhere and it puts pressure on clubs to sell.
There’s little doubt that Levy’s cause has been helped by Lyon allowing Fekir to leave on the cheap but if he can get Lo Celso for £45 million, when figures far higher have been mooted, it would represent a real coup.
It’s about time Tottenham started making waves in the transfer market and with Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele, they have given their midfield a revamp in one window.
One issue with Levy’s protracted negotiation is that it delays when players link up with their new team-mates – but Lo Celso was at the Copa America this summer anyway and would likely have been entitled to an extended break.