Tottenham’s poor start to the Premier League season is causing worry in Spain, given the situation around Giovani Lo Celso.
Real Betis loaned the player to Spurs fully expecting that it would be a permanent transfer next summer, at a fee already agreed. In Spain, the slant was that the deal had been set up as a loan because it suited both clubs and their respective accounts.
The Seville club had already replaced Lo Celso by signing Nabil Fekir, and the idea of the Argentine returning wasn’t taken seriously.
Fichajes explains Tottenham only have to make the signing permanent if a series of objectives are met, and they believe it doesn’t look like that will happen right now.
One of the clauses is Spurs qualifying for the Champions League, and whilst that would have been considered near certain in the summer, with the club now in seventh position and already five points away from fourth place, it’s in genuine doubt.
Should Tottenham not be forced to make the signing permanent via the clauses, they could choose to send Lo Celso back or try to renegotiate the amount payable.
This is all very bad news for Betis who are counting on the money, and who are also having their own on-pitch problems, being 18th in La Liga.