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Tottenham Hotspur: Report drops Giovani Lo Celso update

Tottenham Hotspur: Report drops Giovani Lo Celso update -Tottenham Hotspur News

According to a report from Football Insider, Villarreal are set to open talks with Tottenham Hotspur regarding the transfer of Giovani Lo Celso, and Fabio Paratici could swoop for Pau Torres in part-exchange. 

The lowdown: Successful loan

The 26-year-old attacking midfielder joined Unai Emery’s side on loan until the end of the season on transfer deadline day and has enjoyed an impressive start to life back in Spain, ranking as the Yellow Submarine’s fifth-best player by average Whoscored rating.

Lo Celso played all 180 minutes for Villarreal as the La Liga outfit eliminated Bayern Munich from the UEFA Champions League to set up a semi-final showdown with Liverpool.

Now after 13 appearances across all competitions it appears the clubs are ready to discuss the option to make the move permanent…

The latest: Swap deal on the cards?

As per an FI recruitment source, Villarreal are believed to have ‘indicated’ a desire to sign the Argentinian international in the summer transfer window.

It’s claimed that Spurs are ‘confident they can secure a major fee’ for the man signed from Real Betis, with a £30million price tag mooted – profit on the £27.2million spent in 2020 (BBC).

Furthermore, the report states that Managing Director of Football Paratici could explore a part-exchange option involving highly-rated central defender Torres.

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The verdict: Make it happen

While the 38-cap ace has shown flashes of brilliance during his time as a Lilywhite, just 14 direct goal contributions in 86 appearances for an attacking midfielder isn’t of the level required for Antonio Conte’s squad.

After failing to complete 90 minutes even once in the Premier League this term, Lo Celso’s exit made room for the arrival and subsequent impact of Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski – who already has three goals and six assists in just 11 league outings – further proof that Spurs would be wise to seal the permanent departure of the Argentinian.

Whilst the £30million fee would represent a welcome boost to the coffers at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, having previously been linked with a move for 6 foot 3 centre-back Torres, bringing the man hailed as ‘sensational’ by Spanish national team manager Luis Enrique as part of the deal would be a superb piece of business.

In other news: Italian source claims Spurs are eyeing a move for Serie A midfielder! Find out more here.

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