Tottenham Hotspur have exercised the option of making Giovani Lo Celso’s loan move from Real Betis a permanent one following the departure of Christian Eriksen.
The Denmark international has now completed his much-anticipated move from north London to Inter Milan, joining the Italian club for around £17m.
Lo Celso completes permanent Spurs move: Five things to know…
- Giovani Lo Celso joined Spurs in the summer on an initial season-long loan move with an option to buy.
- Spurs have now triggered that clause and acquired the Argentine’s services on a permanent basis.
- The move follows Eriksen’s confirmed departure to Inter Milan.
- According to the Guardian Spurs had the option of signing Lo Celso this month for £27.2m or £34m in the summer.
- Lo Celso has improved his performances following the arrival of Jose Mourinho and has penned a deal until 2025.
Spurs posted a message on their official Twitter page wishing their former playmaker the best of luck for his future in Serie A.
But just before that, confirmation of Lo Celso putting pen-to-paper on a permanent deal was uploaded, with the Argentina international joining the club until 2025.
According to reports Spurs had the option of activating a clause in Lo Celso’s contract to sign him permanently this month for £27.2m or would have had to have spent £34m in the summer.
We are delighted to announce that we have exercised the option to convert the loan of @LoCelsoGiovani from Real Betis to a permanent transfer.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 28, 2020
Spurs have already signed Gedson Fernandes on loan from Benfica this month, while there are widespread reports linking PSV winger Steven Bergwijn to the capital.
The departure of Eriksen will be hard to take for Spurs, given how influential his performances were on the pitch, but Harry Winks believes Lo Celso can fill the void now vacated by the Danish playmaker.
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Milano: your elegance is about to meet its match.
— Inter (@Inter_en) January 28, 2020
When asked whether Lo Celso can really kick on now, Winks said: “Yes. We’ve got a lot of good midfielders at the moment. It’s quite a competitive position, there are a lot of players trying to start and trying to be in that involved in that position.
“It’s only going to bring the best out of everybody involved. He’s an exciting player and a player that the fans should be happy about. There’s a lot more to come from him in terms of what the fans can expect.”