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Giovani Lo Celso to Spurs? UCL finalists launch club-record bid for Betis dribble king

By James Richards

Published: 17:46, 28 May 2019

Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to smash their transfer record this summer after making a bid thought to be around £53m for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.

The 23-year-old has two-years remaining on his current deal at Benito Villamarin but is expected to leave this summer should Beticos receive an offer that meets their valuation, which is reportedly higher than Tottenham’s initial offer.

Can Spurs land Giovani Lo Celso? Five key things to know…

  1. Giovani Lo Celso joined Betis on a season-long loan from PSG last summer but the club made his stint permanent in April.
  2. The midfielder is being linked to some of the biggest clubs in Europe including Man Utd and Real Madrid.
  3. The Argentine scored 16 goals in all competitions this season and was heavily scouted during the final game of the campaign.
  4. Tottenham have made a bid of £53m though other suitors are expected to come forward.
  5. Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that Spurs need to make big investments into the playing squad to compete with their Premier League rivals.

Tottenham will face Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday in Madrid, but they are already making plans for next season after launching an audacious bid for Real Betis’ star midfielder.

The club, based in Seville, have had little to cheer about this campaign but the performances of Lo Celso have been one of the highlights.

The 23-year-old has shown a great ability, making excellent runs from deep while also having a strong left-foot and brilliant movement. To highlight this further you only need to look at his stats, with the Argentine leading the Betis team in successful dribbles (63).

This ability has led to a number of clubs taking an interest and although Tottenham’s offer would be a record signing for the London club it is still below the player’s release clause which stands at £88m.

It is thought Betis are looking for a fee closer to that amount and with Real Madrid and Manchester United both showing intent to sign the midfielder, Spurs could still miss out.

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Mauricio Pochettino has urged the club’s hierarchy to change how they do business as Spurs move into a new era in a new stadium, saying this summer will be “massive” for the club.

“To be close to the big clubs, you must think the way that the big clubs think,” the talented manger said last month.

“If you want to compare to Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus or Real Madrid, you can’t think you are Tottenham with 36,000. We need to think like a big club and that is the most important step that we need to make.”

There is no doubt that signing Lo Celso would be a great start to Tottenham’s summer business and when Pochettino was asked if this will be the biggest summer of his tenure he added: “Yes. For me, it’s going to be massive.”

Who is Giovani Lo Celso?

Lo Celso started his career with Rosario Central in his native Argentina. His impressive performances caught the eye of Paris Saint-Germain who brought him to Europe in 2016 for a fee of around £8.5m.

He made 33 Ligue 1 appearances for the French champions in 2017/18 but struggled to remain in their first team plans this season and was sent out on loan to Spanish club Real Betis with an option to buy.

Beticos took up that option in April but after failing to secure European football for next season they could now be looking to sell their star man in order to fund a rebuild.