The print edition of Mundo Deportivo (as relayed by Sport Witness) has revealed that Barcelona could be in line to get a financial boost, which may help them push ahead with a move for Giovani Lo Celso in January.
Barca could get ‘green light’ to move for Lo Celso
Mundo Deportivo have revealed in their latest update that Lo Celso is Barcelona’s ‘number one target’ in January after Gavi’s injury, with the Tottenham man in ‘pole position’ to take the Spaniard’s place.
The report further explains that Gavi is now expected to be out of action for the rest of the season and the Blaugrana would receive approval to use 80 per cent of the player’s wages.
They add that Lo Celso is ‘best placed’ to fill the void left by the 19-year-old’s injury and that Barca’s efforts to sign the player could be boosted if they raise some funds by offloading other players in January.
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However, it is pointed out that the Lilywhites might not be keen on losing the Argentine, particularly since Yves Bissouma and Pape Sarr will be missing during AFCON, which in turn could ‘handicap’ the La Liga side’s effort to sign Lo Celso.
Considering Lo Celso started, scored and performed extremely well in Tottenham’s game against Aston Villa at the weekend, it remains to be seen whether the Lilywhites would even consider parting with him.
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I do not think Tottenham would consider offloading Lo Celso without signing another attacking midfielder in January. Even if Spurs were open to moving on the Argentine, they would likely not entertain straight loan offers without an obligation to buy.