Opinion: Spurs should take the money bid on Lo Celso and go for this player

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur may not have bought a single player in the last 16 months, but reports suggest they have finally taken a plunge into the transfer market.

Many media outlets, including the BBC, have now reported that Spurs have made a sensational £53m bid for Real Betis attacking midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.

This would represent a club record signing, overtaking the £42m acquisition of Davison Sanchez from Ajax (Guardian). However, Lo Celso is said to have an £88m buyout clause in his current deal (BBC).

So, is Lo Celso the right man to go for?

I would argue no. In my opinion, that £53m should be taken and offered straight to Leicester City for the services of James Maddison.

Spurs should have purchased the playmaker last summer, when the Foxes scooped him up for just £20m (BBC), but they should now swallow their pride and get the player in.

Maddison has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water in the Leicester side, so imagine what he could achieve with the likes of Harry Kane and Heung Min Son around him.

He scored seven goals and set up a further seven in his first season in the league, including three free-kicks, as well as registering 205 crosses in 36 appearances (Premier League).

Maddison offers Prem experience, youth, homegrown status, assists, goals, free-kicks, crossing ability, skills, and he only looks as if he will get even better.

If Pochettino and Levy are looking for a big playmaker-style signing, I believe they should look no further than Maddison.

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  1. I like Maddison alot and I think we missed a trick in not signing him before Leicester stumped up the £20M last year, but £53M may be a tad too much when Tielemans is reportedly available for around £40M and Gomes around £25M, then there are other players who may be available like Brandt or Zaniolo who could also cost significantly less! For me first priority is hands down trying to capture Ndombele to add a steely dimension to our midfield and what a partnership with Sissoko he could form in the centre. I’d love to see 5-6 new players to really push us on to mount a serious title challenge come the new season and I suspect that is how Pochettino see it as well. Of course Lo Celso sounds like a really mouth watering prospect but the £88M purported by out is pretty unprecedented spending as far as Spurs and Levy go, personally I’m not holding my breath here!


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