Now that the Copa America is done with, Giovani Lo Celso can turn his attention to sorting out his future.
The Argentine has plenty of admirers this summer after an impressive campaign with Real Betis last season and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly the ones pushing hardest for his signature.
Earlier this month we covered a report that Spurs were at the front of the queue for his signature and Mauricio Pochettino wanted the player ‘at all costs’.
Marca have an update on the potential move today and say that there’s now a deadline in place to get it all completed. That date is August 8th, deadline day for the Premier League transfer window.
They report that Tottenham are studying ‘all possible formulas and alternatives’ to satisfy Pochettino and get Lo Celso signed. The problem is the asking price.
A Tottenham delegation even met Betis representatives several weeks ago while Daniel Levy has spoken with his counterparts from Betis over a potential move but they are yet to make the asking price.
Betis want €75m for their man, with €25m of that going on the price they paid to get him from PSG in the first place and 20% going to the Ligue 1 giants too. Fees to the player and his agent will also dent the money they get. That’s presumably why they’re asking for so much.
While the La Liga club have no intention of standing in Lo Celso’s way, they want to ensure they get good money for him. They’re now said to ‘patiently await’ an improvement from Spurs.
Whether it comes remains to be seen. Pochettino may be demanding the signing but Daniel Levy has already spent big on Tanguy Ndombele and Spurs don’t have infinite resources like some clubs.
With them also in the mix for Dani Ceballos and Dani Olmo, perhaps they’re already looking at alternatives to Lo Celso, with his high asking price clearly an issue.