Tottenham Hotspur should be looking to sign Giovani Lo Celso rather than pursuing Andre Gomes.
Daniel Levy is still heating up his transfer engines for this summer. After sitting on his locked war chest for the entirety of last season, he’s seemingly ready to unleash it on the market with multiple reports linking Tottenham Hotspur to some high-profile players already. One of the more recent ones comes from the Sunday Times via the Daily Star, and they claim that Spurs are negotiating with Real Betis for the transfer of Giovani Lo Celso. If true, this would indeed be quite a boost to Spurs’ already talented squad.
This summer finally has that big feeling of ambition about Tottenham Hotspur. It definitely feels like Mauricio Pochettino might finally get the resources to build this squad to his liking and Spurs might achieve that potential the world has been seeing in them for so long now. But marking the right transfer targets will play a crucial part in this, and while the cheaper and more accessible options seem tempting, Daniel Levy will have to make certain risks and investments if he is to give his club a little push.
Giovani Lo Celso definitely slots right into that latter group: he is a well-known figure in La Liga and Real Betis respectively. Granted, his club has seen better days with their, now already ex-coach, Quique Setien sacked and the club failing to reach their goals of the upper echelon of the Spanish table. Still, that clearly doesn’t do their squad any justice, and this especially holds true for the £36.00m rated Lo Celso, who’s been nothing short of brilliant throughout the campaign.
As far as young midfielders go, this 23-year-old is the real deal: creative, quick, versatile and exceptional on the ball. His admirable work-rate means he is active both offensively and defensively, which is definitely a trait Spurs are on a lookout for. They also need someone who can give them that end product when all other outlets fail, and Lo Celso is proficient in setting up goals as well as finishing them himself. His excellent return of 16 goals and six assists in all competitions last season is proof enough.
The price might look to be a problem, though, if Real Betis remain adamant in buyers having to pay the £88.1m release clause in his contract. But the highly reported potential departure of Christian Eriksen could solve that problem and replace the Danish superstar in one go. If they are truly to lose one of their biggest stars, they might as well replace it with a worthy substitute. The likes of Andre Gomes (linked by the Times as well as Sport earlier this season) who has had a decent season after a flop appearance for Barcelona is also someone to look out for but he’s nowhere near Lo Celso’s standard.
It’s high time Tottenham start looking at players who better fit their profile and their ambition. They’ve proven they can tango with the best, and now it’s time they start acting like ones, too.
Spurs fans, would you like to see Giovani Lo Celso in your team? Or would you rather Tottenham chased the cheaper option with the likes of Andre Gomes? Let us know in the comments below…
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