Report: Serie A club hoping to haggle on Spurs asking price for 26-year-old

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Multiple publications from Italy are now reporting that Fiorentina could step up their pursuit of Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.

Lo Celso is considered surplus to requirements by Antonio Conte, with the midfielder not even travelling with the Spurs squad for their pre-season trip to South Korea.

Multiple Spanish outlets, including Marca and AS, reported last week that Villarreal are keen on signing the midfielder on a permanent deal this summer on the back of his impressive loan spell at El Madrigal during the second half of last season.

However, it was suggested that Unai Emery’s side would need to raise funds through player sales before being able to afford the Argentine.

If the latest updates from Italy are to be believed, Fiorentina could now look to pounce on Lo Celso.

The print edition of Corriere Dello Sport (16/07/22 – as relayed by Sport Witness) has claimed that after failing to sign the Tottenham man in January, Fiorentina are now set to rekindle their interest in the midfielder.

The report adds that Serie A club are hoping to bring down Spurs’ €20m (£17m) asking price for the 26-year-old as the operation is ‘not feasible’ for the Viola at that price.

Fiorentina’s interest in Lo Celso has also been backed up by Corriere Fiorentino, who state the Vincenzo Italiano’s are looking to make a ‘big investment’ into the squad, and have identified the Spurs star as one of their targets.

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Lo Celso’s preference might be to return to Villarreal as he knows he will get game time under Unai Emery. However, given the La Liga club’s financial owes, it is unclear if they would be able to afford a deal for the midfielder.  It remains to be seen whether Tottenham will be open to loaning the 26-year-old out with an obligation to buy next summer.

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