Real Betis are still waiting for Tottenham Hotspur to stump up the cash required to make Giovani Lo Celso’s move to North London permanent according to Spanish news outlet ABC Sevilla.
Spurs paid €16 million to Betis in the summer in order to sign Lo Celso on loan for the season and the Champions League finalists reportedly have an option to sign him permanently if they pay an additional €32 million before the close of the January transfer window (Sport Witness).
If they don’t act in January, Spurs will have to pay a fee of €40 million to sign the Argentine at the end of the season.
Lo Celso experienced a frustrating start to life at Tottenham having picked up a hip injury while on international duty with Argentina which kept him out of action for six weeks (BBC).
In recent weeks, the 23-year-old Lo Celso has started to show the promise as to why Mauricio Pochettino was keen to bring him to the club with solid displays against Norwich and Southampton.
On the back of his performance in the FA Cup tie against the Saints on Saturday, Jose Mourinho revealed that Spurs will take up the option to make his move permanent but did not reveal if it will be before the end of the window (Football.London).
Spurs have already made one signing in the January transfer window following the arrival of Gedson Fernandes from Benfica.
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I expected Tottenham to have moved quickly to get the deal done following Lo Celso’s performance on Saturday. It is strange that the club are yet to seal the deal given the fixed price.
One possibility is that the club are holding back the announcement in order to soften the blow of a disappointing end to the window
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