Report: Club are playing hardball with Levy over transfer target

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Dom Le Roy

With Christian Eriksen, recently expressing his desire to leave Spurs in search of a new challenge (Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet), Tottenham are reportedly looking at several potential replacements for the Dane.

Among the deals that have reported in the press so far, the one that looks to be in the most advanced is stage is Tottenham’s move for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.

The 23-year-old had a fabulous season in La Liga in which he netted 16 goals and netted 6 assists. The Argentine’s performances on loan for Betis convinced the Seville-based club to take up the option of buying Lo Celso on a permanent basis from PSG, after the end of his loan spell.

According to a report in the Mirror, Tottenham have already submitted a bid of £62m – made up of £50m plus add-ons, but the bid has been rejected by Real Betis, who are said to be holding out for £70million.


Now, a report in Spanish publication, Estadio Deportivo (via Inside Futbol) claims that Betis want any fee for Lo Celso in full and upfront, and are not in any mood to settle for bonuses.

The Argentina international has a release clause of €100m attached to his contract which runs until 2023.

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Daniel Levy is not one to tolerate being held for ransom by another club and so if Betis push him too hard, Tottenham might simply walk away from the deal.

We hope however that the Tottenham chairman has learned from his mistakes last summer and will be more willing to pay a few million more if it means that the deal can be done early.

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