Speaking recently on the Here We Go podcast, Fabrizio Romano discussed the reported interest in Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Giovani Lo Celso.
According to a recent report by Calcio Mercato, which cites sources in Spain, Juventus are keen on the signing of Lo Celso in the summer transfer window, with the Italian outlet claiming that Jose Mourinho’s side would require a fee of around €25 million (£21.6 million) to part with the 24-year-old.
However, speaking on a recent episode of the Here We Go podcast, Romano categorically ruled out any move by Andrea Pirlo’s side for the £31.5 million-rated Argentine, suggesting that Lo Celso is happy at Spurs and wants to stay and fight for his place in Mourinho’s starting XI.
He said: “There are a lot of rumours about Lo Celso, the rumours [are] coming from Italy – mentioning Lo Celso as an option for Juventus, [with] someone saying that Cristiano Ronaldo approved the deal for Juventus. I’m receiving a lot of questions about it – not true, not true.
“Giovani Lo Celso is not negotiating with Juventus. He’s focused on Tottenham, he’s not thinking to leave the club. So, there is nothing at the moment. So, for Giovani Lo Celso, [his] total focus is on Tottenham. Obviously, he wants to be one of the most important players, he’s fighting for his place, it’s a normal part of football.
“But there is nothing. He’s not unhappy at Tottenham, so, at the moment, the situation is under control and Juventus are not working for it.”
Is Lo Celso indispensable for Spurs?
TIF Thoughts on Fabrizio Romano’s comments regarding Giovani Lo Celso…
While Lo Celso has struggled for game time at Spurs this season, with a number of injuries keeping the midfielder sidelined on several occasions this term, in our opinion, it would be extremely unlikely that Tottenham would be willing to part with the Argentina international for the €25 million (£21.6 million) fee quoted – an amount that is considerably less than his current valuation of £31.5 million (as per Transfermarkt).
As such, it is not at all surprising to hear Romano rubbishing these rumours, which will also likely come as music to any Tottenham fans who were concerned about losing Lo Celso this summer.