Barcelona star Gavi suffered a serious knee injury with Spain and is set to miss the rest of the season. This has seen the Catalan club get linked with a few midfielders, including Tottenham Hotspur’s Giovani Lo Celso.

On Thursday, Mundo Deportivo stated the 27-year-old is the priority target for both the La Liga side and their manager, Xavi Hernández. It was also reported a ‘green light’ has been given for a potential deal in January.

Friday’s AS states the Barcelona coach likes the Tottenham player and highly ‘values’ his profile.

The newspaper have also issued a warning to the Blaugrana over making an approach for Lo Celso in the winter market.

They say the Argentina international is a ‘risky bet’, due to his injury history and concerns over his fitness. Since the start of the 2019/20 season, the former Real Betis man has missed 315 days due to multiple injuries.

He was on loan at Villarreal last season, where a muscle injury not only saw him spend close to 50 days on the sidelines but also miss the World Cup with La Albiceleste.

These injuries has had an impact his market value as AS state it has dropped from €50m [in 2019] to €14m now.

At Tottenham, he’s been restricted to 83 minutes of action from four games this season, and was forced to miss September’s fixtures due to a hamstring injury.

Taking all this into account, the report claims it’s ‘risky’ for Barca to consider Lo Celso as an option to replace Gavi.

The Spanish giants have indicated a potential deal for a new midfielder in the winter market depends on them raising €40m through another ‘lever’.

Once they have more clarity about their finances, Barca may analyse whether or not to make an approach for Lo Celso.