Daniel Levy is known as one of the best negotiators in football for a reason; he knows the ins and outs of the transfer market and how to get the very best deal in terms of both sales and purchases.
Spurs have been chasing Argentine playmaker Giovani Lo Celso for some time now, with Levy submitting a bid of £53m back near the start of the transfer window (BBC).
However, the offer was unfortunately turned down by Real Betis, who were keen on getting something closer to the player’s £88m buyout clause value.
With a deal still yet to be reached, it seems as if the clubs may still be locked in negotiations over the price, with the new Premier League season fast approaching.
So, does it seem coincidental that Tottenham are now being linked with a big-money move for a different Argentine attacker? Not to me.
I rate Spurs’ chances of landing Paulo Dybala slim to none, as Juventus are said to want a whopping £80m for the player (Times). However, I think Levy is very aware of this fact.
Tottenham apparently submitted a bid of £44m for Dybala this week, which was obviously turned down instantly (La Stampa).
I believe that Levy is simply pretending to seriously consider other options in order to pressure Real Betis into lowering Lo Celso’s price into a more favourable range for Spurs.
It remains to be seen as to whether Tottenham and Levy land their man though.
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