Christian Eriksen’s lack of a renewal at Tottenham Hotspur is of a course a source of worry for the Premier League club.
Whilst there will still be hope agreement can be found on a new contract, which would perhaps secure the 27 year old for the rest of his top level career, without anything being signed there remains doubt.
A lot could rest on whether Barcelona or Real Madrid are really motivated to get into a tussle with Spurs for the player, even if he has less than a year left on contract.
Saturday’s edition of Marca reports that Tottenham have lined up a replacement just in case, which is the wise thing to do.
Giovani Lo Celso is currently on loan at Real Betis from PSG, and the Spanish club will use their €25m buying option, a figure the French club regret agreeing to.
Marca state that Tottenham have the Argentine ‘designated as a hypothetical substitute for Eriksen if the Dane ends up leaving’.
A price is estimated at €60m, and PSG would be entitled to 20%.
Lo Celso is also said to be one of several options for Real Madrid, although not a serious target at this stage, and Manchester City hold some interest.