Villarreal are keen to re-sign Giovani Lo Celso on loan this summer with Tottenham are not willing to lower their £42.7 million (€50m) selling price, according to Estadio Deportivo.
The La Liga side acquired Lo Celso on a deal until the end of the season in January and the Argentine has impressed during his stint so far, scoring his first league goal in yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Sevilla.
The 26-year-old has made 18 appearances for the club so far (Transfermarkt) in all competitions and played a key role in helping Unai Emery side reach the Champions League semi-final before they exited at the hands of Liverpool.
The deal for Lo Celso is a straight loan which would see him return to parent club Tottenham at its conclusion, but Villarreal are already thinking about keeping him on board ahead of the new campaign.
Estadio Deportivo reports the Yellow Submarine want Lo Celso back at the Estadio de la Ceramica and would be willing to take up another loan deal with Spurs’ asking price currently too much for them to reach.
It is that while the midfielder has not pencilled a return to north London in his plans, Spurs are ‘rubbing hands’ at the thought of his displays in the second half of the season, which could attract potential suitors.
Spurs Web Opinion
Lo Celso seems to be enjoying life at Villarreal but Tottenham’s selling price has become a sticking point as they want to sign him permanently.
His performances have shown that a good player is in there and possibly justified the value placed on him by Spurs ahead of the summer transfer window.
Either way, his value has almost been preserved and recovered with this loan, which goes in Spurs’ favour regardless.
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