There’s been plenty of speculation this summer suggesting that Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has an interest in Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, and I’ve covered the speculation about the 23-year-old before as pundits seem as mixed on his abilities as the fans are.
With 16 goals and five assists in 48 games across the 2018/19 campaign, clearly the Argentine attacking midfielder has something about him, and he is pretty versatile so it’s always been obvious as to why he would appear to be a Poch kind of signing – especially with ongoing Christian Eriksen links as we appear to be linked to every No 10 type player on the planet so far this summer.
Sky Sports journalist Lyall Thomas was speaking to the Last Word On Spurs podcast recently, and although he dismissed the speculation claiming that Spurs had already made a ‘formal offer’ for the player, he did believe a formal offer may be on the way soon given what he’d been told.
“Definitely. He’s the top target for the number 10 position. I understand the clubs have been talking for over a week now, going on two weeks. There was a reported offer in Spain, but what I was told by a source was that wasn’t necessarily correct, that the offer was a bit more informal or at least it was an indication of what Spurs were willing to pay. But I hear that Betis have been tempted by it. They’re also thinking about the release clause he’s got and they can afford to be patient and see how things play out.”
He added that Spurs were ‘willing to spend a sizeable amount of money’ on the lad to get a deal over the line but with an £88million release fee, that remains to be seen.