Tottenham have held further talks with Real Betis about the potential summer signing of midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, according to El Desmarque.
The Spanish news outlet claims that Betis vice-president José Miguel López Catalán has jetted into London to hold discussions about Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, and the potential sale of Lo Celso, 23, to Tottenham.
It is understood that Spurs opened their bid to sign the Argentina international with an offer that failed to come anywhere near to Betis’ valuation but have since reignited negotiations when they met with López Catalán on Thursday.
Lo Celso is said to have an £89million release clause in his deal with the La Liga club.
Good move for Tottenham?
Spurs need to strengthen their midfield this summer and Lo Celso would be a great replacement for Christian Eriksen if he ends up leaving the Premier League club.
Lo Celso scored 16 goals and supplied six assists in 46 appearances across all competitions for Real Betis last season, featuring in central midfield and attacking midfield roles.
Although he is not as good as Eriksen, he is probably as close as Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy will come to replacing the Dane.
However Tottenham should not go anywhere near to triggering Lo Celso’s £89million release clause.
If they spend around £65million on the Argentine, that will be a good deal.
This is Futbol rating 9/10
Likely to happen?
Tottenham are going to have to up their bid for Lo Celso at some point this summer but they do seem to be in pole position to sign the former Paris Saint-Germain player before next seasons kicks off.
Holding a meeting with Real Betis’ leadership will no doubt have helped things out but with Copa America soon to start, any move for Lo Celso is likely to be put on hold until after then.
This is Futbol rating 5/10