Tottenham Hotspur supporters have been handed an exit claim on midfielder Giovani Lo Celso amid his current loan stint at Villarreal.
The Lowdown: Lo Celso shines…
The Argentina international, who is hopeful of appearing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, has been thriving during temporary spells with Villarreal over the last 11 months, with The Athletic’s Dermot Corrigan hailing his turnaround in fortunes as “amazing“.
Lo Celso played a key role in their run to the Champions League semi-finals last season and has continued in that vein this season when available and fit.
As per WhoScored, the midfielder ranks in Villarreal’s top four in terms of shots at goal, completed dribbles and fouls drawn per 90 in La Liga, which shows his splendid contribution to the team.
It isn’t impossible to think that the South American’s solid form could be catching the eye of Spurs boss Antonio Conte, but according to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Lo Celso’s future seems written.
The Latest: Romano shares Lo Celso exit update for Spurs supporters…
The transfer reporter claims that, despite his good form, the Argentine is still perilously close to the permanent Spurs exit door.
The 26-year-old’s good form at Villarreal last season didn’t prompt Conte to keep him at Hotspur Way for 2022/23, and it appears that the manager’s stance has not changed.
Writing for Caught Offside, Romano claims Lo Celso’s seems destined to leave north London.
He explained: “I expect Giovani Lo Celso’s future lies away from Tottenham. His price tag around €20-25m stopped Villarreal from signing him on a permanent deal this summer, but they love him and he’s key player since returning on loan.
“As of now, there are no talks with Tottenham and the player also wants to focus on the World Cup.”
The Verdict: Time to move?
While Lo Celso has impressed in Spain, the midfielder has never quite managed it consistently enough in the Premier League, starting only 28 top-flight matches across two-and-a-half years, so we believe that it could be time for Spurs to cut their ties with him for good.
The only point of contention remains his price tag, and chairman Daniel Levy will be looking to make back a decent portion of his original investment in the Argentine.
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