Multiple Italian publications are now reporting that Tottenham’s asking price for Giovani Lo Celso is proving to be too high for Fiorentina, who are trying to bring down the fee for the Argentine.
Lo Celso looks destined to depart Spurs this summer but it is still unclear where the midfielder is going to end up.
Spanish publication Todofichajes revealed earlier in the week that the 26-year-old has his heart set on returning to Villarreal on the back of his loan spell at the club during the second half of last season.
Over recent days, it has also been reported that Fiorentina have entered the race to sign the former Real Betis star (The Times).
Reports now coming out of Italy suggest that Spurs are not willing to compromise on their valuation for Lo Celso in their talks with the Viola.
The print edition of Corriere dello Sport (20/07/22 via Sport Witness) suggests that Tottenham have made it clear they will not sell the midfielder for less than €24m (£20.4m), which is said to be ‘very high’ for Fiorentina.
La Nazione (20/07/22 via Fiorentina.it) claim that the Serie A club are hoping to sign Lo Celso on loan with an obligation to buy the midfielder next summer for €17m (£14.4m), which could rise to €20m (£17m) including bonuses.
The report adds that even though the Argentine midfielder is ready to join Fiorentina, the aforementioned figures do not satisfy Spurs, who are said to be ‘determined to get a higher’ price.
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There is likely to be no shortage of interest in Lo Celso on the back of his impressive showing at Villarreal last season. So, Spurs will want to get a bidding war going and ensure that they get the best fee they can.
However, I would not be surprised if the Argentine does end up returning to Villarreal this summer. Unai Emery’s men might perhaps push ahead with a move for Lo Celso after selling Pervis Estupinan or Pau Torres.
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