According to a report in Spanish publication AS (as relayed by Sports Witness), Tottenham Hotspur are still contemplating whether or not to make the loan deal for Giovani Lo Celso permanent this month.
The Argentine was signed on loan from Real Betis in the summer and the transfer will be made permanent for €40m if Spurs qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The club also have an option of signing Lo Celso permanently for a lower fee of €34m in the January transfer window (Sport Witness).
Betis president Ángel Haro was confident that the Lilywhites will activate the clause in the winter market thus making Lo Celso a permanent Spurs player (Estadio Deportivo).
However, now the report in AS suggests that Spurs are having second thoughts about the deal after the midfielder’s poor start to life in North London.
The Argentine has failed to replicate the form that he displayed in La Liga last season and has seen very little game time under Jose Mourinho. If the report is to be believed, it appears that the club are yet to make a decision on Lo Celso’s future.
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I do expect us to make the deal permanent in January as we will have no choice but to pay a higher fee for Lo Celso in the summer if we do manage to qualify for the Champions League. While we are yet to see anywhere near Lo Celso’s best in a Spurs shirt, it is clear that he has an abundance of talent. I believe the 23-year-old can still come good if he gets a run of games to build his confidence.
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