Report: Spurs snub offer to sign midfield pair in order to prioritise big-money signing

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Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly snubbed the opportunity to sign two players in order to prioritise their interest in Giovani Lo Celso.

The Daily Star report that Paris Saint-Germain’s Julian Draxler and Seville attacking midfielder Pablo Sarabia have both been offered to Spurs but the Champions League finalists have no appetite to bring either player to North London.

Spurs have already had a bid rejected by Real Betis for Lo Celso which the report claims was £35million up front with the remainder of the £53million fee based on add-ons.

The La Liga outfit are looking to receive the £88.9million release clause in his contract, despite only paying a reported fee of £19.8million to secure his services from PSG after an impressive season-long loan spell in Spain (Daily Mail).

The 23-year-old is currently on international duty with Argentina at the Copa America which could see his stock further rise and result in a bidding war with other clubs who may be keen on the midfielder.


If Tottenham have snubbed the opportunity to sign Julian Draxler, it could be a huge mistake.  The German is proven on the biggest stage and would have been a valuable addition to the midfield, however, we must trust in Mauricio Pochettino’s decision making.

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  1. The key is that we don’t pay over-inflated prices for players who may have looked good for one season.
    Spurs have been burnt before, as have United and all the big clubs.
    Poch and his scouts will be watching out for players who are reasonably costed and who can be moulded into the kind of player Poch wants. Sure, a big money signing sends a message …but a big money signing of someone who’s stupidly overpriced and could flop fools no one. Nor would it benefit the team/squad if we brought in a huge name on the slide, and pay him more than our best players.
    I’m sure there are players out there (in S America as well as the far flung reaches of Europe) who our scouts may recognise as having a huge ‘fast track’ potential persona. Someone who can quickly learn under Poch and fit in within half a season.
    But buying players aside, we must ensure we try our hardest to keep Eriksen and Toby, and all our best players. Trippier/Rose should go nowhere until we find full backs that can step up to their highest standards. KWP doesn’t look like he’ll make it, and Aurier was always a mistake. Davies is good and reliable solid cover but not 100% a first choice in a team with PL and CL aspirations.
    Hopefully, Kane’s ankle problems will be less invasive, but it is clear we do need another young aspiring striker to back him up, or an older ‘name’ happy to play the Llorente role. Llorente deserves a good send-off now. We also need another central midfielder to give an injury plagued Winks competition. Dier will hopefully recapture his world cup form and avoid the injuries/illnesses that haunted him last year. Sissoko is showing he can be the new Dembele (although he’s a different type of player) while Wanyama, like Llorente and Janssen and other long term fringe players should leave.
    There is no reason the core of this team should fragment, but it’s vital we keep Eriksen and Toby until and unless we replace them with equally high quality and consistent performers.


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