£53m bid for Lo Celso could be the start of Spurs’ glorious new era
£0. Nada. Zilch. That’s the total amount of money Tottenham have spent in the transfer window for the past eighteen months. And yet, Mauricio Pochettino’s side secured another top-four finish, opened the world’s shiniest new stadium, and are in the Champions League final this season. Whilst the club were expected to finally open up the chequebook this summer, perhaps no Spurs fan even in their wildest dream would have thought they would be willing to show their hand quite like a £53m bid for Giovani Lo Celso. If this is a sign of things to come over the next couple of months for the north London side, then 2019 could be the biggest year in the history of the club.
For all of Pochettino’s wonders with this side, even the Argentine has gone on record to say that the club need to be active in the transfer market in order to bridge the gap to the league’s top two. Top-four finishes are fine and dandy, but as those from the red half of north London will attest to, it all means nothing if trophies don’t come at the end of it. So by making a big-money bid for Lo Celso, the club are essentially killing two birds with one stone.
Not just are they attempting to sign one of the best midfielders in European football this season, but also a statement that they are ready to dine at the top table. No longer will they be the victim of another ‘Willian’, and seeing transfer targets slip away at the 11th hour and joining one of their big rivals. With Pochettino at the helm, and reaching a first Champions League final in their history, the club will be seen as a viable destination by many players now. The feeling before was always that Spurs weren’t even the most desirable option in north London, let alone the entire Premier League.
Indeed, whilst the £53m bid for Lo Celso could bring in an exciting young talent, the very intent in placing the bid could be huge in respect to something far bigger than any potential signing; the future of Pochettino himself. The former Southampton boss has been the subject of great speculation in recent months over potentially joining one of the elite sides in Europe, where he would be unrestrained by club finances. The 47-year-old even went so far as to admit that he would be prepared to walk away if he felt the club failed to match his ambition; that statement came in the aftermath of Spurs’ euphoric semi-final comeback against Ajax. It may be £53m for Lo Celso, but in the case of Pochettino, it would be priceless.
So whether Spurs do the unthinkable on Saturday or not, the bid for Lo Celso is very much a marker of things to come, and a potential ushering in of a glorious new era for the Lilywhites.
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