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Tottenham Hotspur have been unable to agree a fee with Real Betis for attacking midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, per Sky Sports.
The attacking midfielder is said to be keen to move to Spurs to work under Mauricio Pochettino.
But the report claims that Spurs have put negotiations on hold for now.
Indeed, Sky state that the Liga club are keen to recoup £70m for the playmaker, who has an £88m release clause in his contract.
Talks could be reopened, however, if Christian Eriksen is sold to Real Madrid in this transfer window.
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Spurs, of course, have spent big already this summer, acquiring Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for a club record fee of €60m (£53.8m) while they have also paid a reported £10m to sign Jack Clarke from Leeds United.
And yet, a fee of £70m to secure Lo Celso in this transfer window would be money well spent.
The Argentina international is a silky dribbler and goalscorer who struck 16 times in all competitions last season, while registering six assists.
If Eriksen does depart, the signing of the former PSG man would be a statement of intent as they look to restructure a squad that reached the Champions League final in 2018/19, and add a crucial injection of goals from midfield, something that will walk out the door along with the Dane.
Chairman Daniel Levy has already shown that he is willing to splash the cash; he should do so again.