Report: Atletico Madrid bid £49m for Spurs playmaker target – but something seems wrong

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have yet to dip their toe into the 2019 summer transfer market, despite now going over 16 months without a senior signing.

However, if reports are to be believed, this isn’t through a lack of trying, as Tottenham have already had at least one bid turned down this window.

The BBC report that Tottenham bid £53m for Real Betis attacking midfielder, Giovani Lo Celso, last week, although the bid was rejected.

The report states that Lo Celso has a buyout clause of around £88m, hinting that Spurs are some way from the required bid.

The 23-year-old scored an impressive 23 goals and registered six assists last season for the Spanish club, often playing off a loan striker.

Estadio Deportivo have now reported that another major European force is after Lo Celso, with Atletico Madrid putting in a bid of their own.

What seems strange is that, despite this report coming out this week, Madrid are said to have bid just £49m, less that Spurs’ original rejected offer.

Spurs Web Opinion:

I have never seen Lo Celso player, and can’t say I had heard of him before this summer, but his numbers look impressive. I am always wary of Spurs putting in a huge bid for someone I have never personally seen play, and would not want that to go above £60m for the playmaker. I also don’t see the point in signing him if Eriksen is going to stay put.

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