Real Betis are waiting for Tottenham to discover their finances for the January transfer window, and it’s all to do with Giovani Lo Celso.
That’s according to AS, who report that Tottenham’s decision over the Argentine midfielder will end up heavily dictating how the Spanish side will work in the winter window.
Lo Celso joined Tottenham on loan in the summer transfer window in a deal that included options for Spurs to make the move permanent.
They can do that for €32m in January, or leave it until the summer transfer window when it will cost €40m.
It will also be mandatory for Tottenham to buy him at that price if they qualify for the Champions League this season.
The last few weeks have seen various reports from Spain that Betis are hoping Tottenham will activate the January clause, although Mauricio Pochettino’s departure may have changed things.
And AS say they are still waiting for Tottenham to make that decision so they know what they can do in January themselves.
Betis are on the hunt for a new defensive midfielder but to do that they need the money from a sale of Lo Celso to ‘improve the current potential of its economic coffers.’
The money they can get from Tottenham for Lo Celso would be ‘key’ to their efforts, and so they are looking ‘sideways’ at their situation.
Lo Celso, for his part, ‘has the confidence of the leaders’ at Tottenham and is now looking to earn José Mourinho’s trust.
Betis will be hoping that happens sooner rather than later, with them seemingly desperate for the money to do their own business in January.
This is all set up for Spurs to offer less than the €32m.