Tottenham Hotspur want Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso.
New Real Betis boss Rubi has told ABC Sevilla that he hopes Tottenham Hotspur target Giovani Lo Celso will stay at the club – but believes he’d be able to reinvest any fee.
Lo Celso, 23, joined Betis on loan from Paris Saint-Germain last summer after falling down the pecking order at the Parc des Princes, and he’s proven the French side wrong for letting him go.
The Argentinian playmaker hit 16 goals in his first season with Betis, whilst also picking up six assists in a superb campaign, mostly playing off a lone striker.
Betis turned Lo Celso’s move permanent thanks to a clause in the loan deal, and they’re now being presented with the chance to turn a quick profit on the midfielder.
Tottenham are keen to sign Lo Celso, and The Mirror claim that they’ve already had a bid of £53million rejected for him as Mauricio Pochettino attempts to secure a big-money deal.
The Mirror have also claimed that Lo Celso wants to join Spurs in order to work with Pochettino, with the pair hailing from the same area of Argentina.
Betis are standing firm, but they’ve also appointed a new manager, luring Rubi from Espanyol, and he was quizzed about Lo Celso in his introductory press conference earlier today.
Rubi suggested that he doesn’t need to talk up Lo Celso as his record speaks for itself, and believes that even if he does leave – and he hopes he doesn’t – he will be given the money to spend on his squad.
“You always want to have the best players at your command and Lo Celso is, I don’t have to talk about a player who, without being a striker, has scored 16 goals in his first season here, but I do say one thing. I have peace of mind that, if he has to leave, hopefully not, that money will be invested in improving the squad,” he added.