Opinion: Are Real Betis attempting to pressure Spurs into increasing Lo Celso bid?

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Giovani Lo Celso since the start of the summer (BBC) but a move has not materialised so far.

It has been claimed that Betis are under pressure to sell Lo Celso after signing Nabil Fekir from Lyon and that the Argentine international is keen on a move to Tottenham (ElDesmarque). So this leaves Tottenham in a pretty powerful bargaining position.

Earlier today Informa Betis, a publication that closely covers the happenings at the La Liga club, reported that Napoli have now entered the race for Lo Celso and are keen to sign him after losing out on Nicolas Pepe.

While this caused some concern among Spurs fans, CalcioNapoli24 have been quick to shut down the links by confirming that Lo Celso is not one of the Serie A club’s targets this summer.

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Could the immediate denial by CalcioNapoli24 suggest that Betis may have leaked the story to the press to get Spurs to increase their offer?

I would say that this is a real possibility. While Levy is a master negotiator and player in the transfer scene, plenty of others know how to squeeze the best deal.

We all know how this is how Levy operates. The Spurs chairman tries to squeeze as much out of deals as he possibly can and that is likely what’s happening with the Lo Celso deal as well. While it could be frustrating for Spurs fans, this strategy has certainly served the club well over the years.

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  1. The strategy has not served the club well considering no one signed for previous 2 seasons. Only replacing dembele so far this window. Potch frustrated with lack os signings. Trippier gone, no replacement. No harry kane backup. No competition for Ali and Erik’son.. And so on. How has he served the playing side of the club well. Even the Bale money was wasted.

  2. The Bale money was wasted? This is a myth. The Bale money largely put us where we are now, and also the squad rotation of AVB helped a lot to get money for players that were to be sold, Poch playong Bentaleb and Mason in his first season and the selling them also helped. We still have Eriksen and Lamela (who were always the real stars of the 7), but we sold Soldado for 15m if I remember, sold Paulinho for 12m, sold Chiriches and Capoue for minor losses Chadli was sold for a profit but could have been sold for a heavy profit a season earlier before poch started freezing him out.

    AVB was a good manager but couldnt get money out of Levy so asked for Franco Baldini to be his Technical Director. Baldini then signed his choices, many of whom AVB didnt want. Baldini then got rid of AVB (when he was on course to break the points record hed set the season before) and brought up the insufferable Sherwood to brudge the gap until Poch arrived end of season (poch would not leave Southampton mid season out of loyalty and focus). Poch then arrived and had Baldini replaced with Paul Mitchell. Paul Mitchell then resigned and took gardening leave, after Levy undermined his deal for GK N’Koudou.

    I really rated AVB and Paul Mitchell for their abilities to identify quality. I rate Poch and Jesus Perez for their abilities to coach.

    Its a media myth that the bale money was wasted, Spurs have invested and sold very wisely since the sale of Bale, with the exception of the Eriksen Alderwierld contract run downs, which have been the biggest failures of the club in this era.


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