Spurs complete Lo Celso signing on deadline day

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Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis on an initial loan deal, the club have confirmed.

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The Argentina international moves to the club until the end of the season and Spurs have the option to make the move permanent should they so wish.

Lo Celso enjoyed an excellent season in 2018/19, scoring 16 goals in all competitions for Betis.

He has also won a total of 19 caps for Argentina and Daily Star journalist Paul Brown has reported that the final fee could reach £69m. The club have, however, agreed to pay a mere £14.7m loan fee up front.

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Levy’s win

Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman, has done it again.

A number of reports earlier this week claimed that the deal could cost around £55m.

Instead, it appears he has negotiated a move that will see Spurs pay a minimal fee up front, while holding the option to bring the attacking midfielder in on a permanent deal.

These sorts of deals are rare for Spurs but it has brought an end to a lengthy period of negotiations.

Indeed, Football FanCast sources have confirmed that the club began their interest in Lo Celso much earlier in the window but the move has dragged at times.

It is not surprising, given the complicated nature of the deal.

Now though, it is finally confirmed and Levy will surely see this as a major victory. Mauricio Pochettino gets his man, the club pays just £14.7m up front and all without the risk of a lengthy, permanent contract.

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