Tottenham Hotspur have identified Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso as one of their “top targets” this summer, according to Sky Sports journalist Lyall Thomas via the Last Word on Spurs podcast.
Spurs have been linked with a number of top midfield talents this summer, from Tanguy Ndombele through to Lo Celso.
The latter is said to have an £88m release clause but Thomas, who primarily covers Spurs, does not believe that the Spanish club are in any rush to accept any offers for their prized asset.
Nevertheless, he has claimed that the two clubs are in talks, but despite reports in Spain, there has yet to be a formal bid tabled.
He said: “I think he’s a top target for the No.10 position. As I understand it now, the clubs have been talking for over a week now, maybe coming up to two weeks obviously off and on. He’s now on Argentina duty.
“There was a reported offer in Spain, what I was told from a source was that that wasn’t necessarily quite correct. What I can gather is that the offer was probably a bit more informal or at least it was probably an indication of what Spurs were willing to pay.
“I hear Betis have been tempted by it. But they’re in a situation where they’re tempted by it in the sense that they’re not regularly in a position to take €60m or €70m for a player, that kind of area.”
He added: “But they’re also thinking about this release clause they’ve got. It’s a difficult one for them, I think they can afford to be patient and sit on it and wait to see how things play out with the transfer window.
“From Betis’ point of view, if you’ve got a release clause, I think from a business point of view, you don’t necessarily take the first offer that comes your way, do you?”
Whether or not Christian Eriksen leaves the club, reinforcements are needed in attacking midfield for Spurs.
For too long, the Denmark international has been allowed to coast by, safe in the knowledge that he won’t be dropped because there simply isn’t any competition.
He has expressed a desire to leave the club but regardless of whether or not he departs the club, Lo Celso is a required addition.
He scored 16 goals for Betis in 2018/19, along with registering six assists, and would be exactly the right type of player for Pochettino.
He is dynamic, exceptional when dribbling and excellent in the box; he could replace Eriksen or he could add some much-needed competition behind him.
Regardless, Spurs need to bring him in.