The Giovanni Lo Celso rumour mill has shown no signs of slowing over the past week. After Tottenham’s initial bid, that amounted to a reported £53 million, was rejected, Real Betis are now said to be holding out for Lo Celso’s release clause of £88.9 million (Mirror).
Tottenham’s initial bid would already smash the club’s current record transfer fee of around £40 million for Davinson Sanchez which they paid to Ajax in 2017 (Guardian). However, should Spurs meet Betis’ demands this would see the record fee doubled.
It would seem unlikely that Spurs would pay almost £90 million for Lo Celso, however, with Argentina’s Copa America campaign kicking off on Saturday against Colombia, Betis are confident that should Lo Celso perform well for his nation the price for their midfielder will continue to rise.
Lo Celso has recently broken into the Argentina starting XI and looks set to play a key role in the Copa America alongside the likes of Lionel Messi after playing 90 minutes in their most recent friendly against Nicaragua.
Betis will certainly be hopeful that a successful tournament for Lo Celso will only increase interest in their player, therefore driving the price up even higher.
Spurs Web Opinion
Lo Celso is certainly an exciting player to be linked with. If reports regarding the initial £53 million bid are to be believed, then it looks like we are serious about pursuing a deal. However, with the club’s track record it looks unlikely that they would be willing to shell out close to £90 million for one player this summer.
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