So, Tottenham Hotspur appear to have made an offer for Giovani Lo Celso as our interest in the Argentine playmaker seems to be genuine.
ABC Sevilla have claimed we have only offered Real Betis €40million (£35.7m) for his signature but, unsurprisingly, that was flat out refused.
In fact, they go on to state: “And the proposal of the English club has been considered totally insufficient by Betis”. Looks like Daniel Levy has some way to go before Mauricio Pochettino gets his compatriot teaming up for him.
However, the tactics used by the chairman are nothing new and should not really come as a surprise, although it does feel like a sense of time wasting.
Let’s face it, Levy is known for his hard stance and his stubbornness to try and drive a hard bargain. There’s a reason our record signing is around £42m (Davinson Sanchez, Guardian).
Everything he does is methodical, whilst it also seems as though every deal we look to make takes forever to complete – or in some cases, we don’t even manage to get it across the line.
Perhaps the transfer of Lo Celso will depend on how much Levy and Pochettino want him in north London, as the Spaniards are not in a position whereby they have to sell him.
Whether Tottenham have to pay the reported €100m (£89.1m) release clause is debatable and something we cannot see Levy doing any time soon, however, what is certain is that he is going to have to go a helluva lot higher than the £35.7m he allegedly offered them.