‘For that figure we send the laces of his boots’ is the reaction of one of many fans commenting on ABC Sevilla’s Giovani Lo Celso story today.

It’s claimed Tottenham have offered €40m for the Real Betis midfielder, not long after the club completed his permanent €25m signing from PSG.

Lo Celso had been on loan and there’s been some regret in Paris that the clause was set too low, as the Argentine would have brought more on the open market.

The €40m has unsurprisingly been knocked back, with ABC Sevilla saying it’s ‘totally insufficient’. And in detail it’s even less, with it being further explained the offer is €35-40m, with the €5m presumably being bonus payments.

Betis have to give PSG 25% of any transfer profit, and Tottenham’s opening attempt is nowhere near what the club require.

Mundo Deportivo have been able to back these claims up, and they were so shocked they tweeted the article accompanied by a face-slap emoji. It’s seen as a joke.

We have a sneaking suspicion of what may be going on here.

A few days ago Diario de Sevilla reiterated their claims of Tottenham putting €60m on the table. When those claims first started, it was clear it had been leaked from the Betis side of a potential deal, with several local journalists covering it and also claiming Manchester United interest in Junior Firpo.

Betis were said to want close to Lo Celso’s €100m clause, which seemed unrealistic depending on how they define close. If this €35-40m offer is genuine then it looks like Tottenham making it clear they won’t be pushed too high.

All part of the game.