Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly shelved plans to sign Giovani Lo Celso after failing to strike an agreement with Real Betis.
Sky Sports claim Spurs have been unable to negotiate a transfer fee with the Spanish club, and will now apparently walk away from the table.
At the end of May the north Londoners lodged a £62 million bid as reported by Gianluca Di Marzio, but since then there have been no further developments.
Lo Celso has a whopping release clause of £88 million, which Tottenham clearly don’t want to go anywhere near.
With Spurs walking away, perhaps Daniel Levy should consider going back in for a player who caught their eye in 2018/19 – Hakim Ziyech of Ajax.
Ziyech was one of Ajax’s standout players last term, in which he contributed to 45 goals (21 goals, 24 assists) in 49 games.
The Daily Mail reported in May that Spurs had scouts watching the 26-year-old against them in the Champions League semi-final.
He would be a cheaper option than Lo Celso, with De Telegraaf (via Mirror) reporting he is available for around £30 million – which is very reasonable.
Versatile Ziyech can play on either wing and also as an advanced central midfielder. With the Lo Celso deal now looking dead, moving for the Moroccan star is surely a no-brainer.