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Why Spurs should cash in Giovani Lo Celso

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Lo Celso is a wanted man…

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Speaking on his ‘Here We Go’ podcast earlier this week, the Italian journalist revealed that “important” La Liga teams were asking about the 24-year-old playmaker ahead of the summer transfer window.

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He said:

“Important Spanish clubs are asking about Lo Celso. They are persuading him because he was playing so well with Betis when he was in Spain.

“And they want to bring him back to La Liga, but the player is so happy at Tottenham right now, and there is no reason for him to leave this summer.”

Cash in, Levy

If this interest does transform into any offers this summer, then Daniel Levy and co must absolutely consider cashing in on him as he’s quickly becoming another Erik Lamela in north London.

Since joining the club over 18 months ago for a total of £55m, Lo Celso has been restricted to only 19 starts in the Premier League, which pretty much equates to one start per month, and that’s simply unacceptable.

Persistent injuries have been the major problem with the Argentine, just like his fellow countryman.

Lamela has missed a total of 133 matches over the course of his Spurs career, and as a result, he hasn’t started more than 20 league games in any season since the 2015/16 campaign.

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The former Real Betis dynamo is quickly following this trend, having already missed 33 games through a range of injury problems, and it is not as if Lo Celso has made a major impact when playing as he’s only provided seven goals and four assists, as per Transfermarkt.

Spurs have long been paying the financial consequences of keeping Lamela, who earns a reported £85k-per-week in N17, and that should be used as a perfect example of why they cannot repeat the same mistakes with Lo Celso, who too is a high-earner on £70k-per-week.

Romano claims that the £45m-rated star is happy in north London. Likewise, his teammates are pleased to have him around, as seen in Harry Winks’ praise last term, having dubbed him “gifted” and “fantastic.”

But considering Spurs could miss out on Europe come to the end of the season, things could quickly change as you can only imagine that those ‘important’ Spanish teams are ones in and around the Champions and Europa League, otherwise why else are they so significant?

Levy is yet to get any bang for his buck, so should anyone come calling for Lo Celso in the summer, then it would be wise for the north Londoners to cash in whilst they still can; otherwise, they’ll be treading a path likely to lead towards him becoming Lamela 2.0.

His wages would be better off spent on a player capable of making a regular impact – perhaps that ‘transformative‘ centre-back Mourinho is desperately craving.

AND in other news, Three Spurs stars who must buck up their ideas ahead of summer window

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