Tottenham impacted as Real Betis sell Pau Lopez to Roma

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur is seen during the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in...

Tottenham Hotspur continue to pursue Real Betis ace Giovani Lo Celso.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur is seen during the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in...

Tottenham's chase for Real Betis playmaker Giovani Lo Celso goes on – but it may well have been dented by a player Pochettino brought to Spurs in 2017.

Spurs are hoping to secure the signature of Lo Celso to bolster Mauricio Pochettino's side, but a deal has proven difficult to secure after his 16-goal campaign last season.

The Mirror recently noted that Lo Celso wants to join Spurs to work with Pochettino, but Diario de Sevilla today claim that talks have stalled over Betis's asking price.

 

BBC reported in May that Tottenham had failed with a £53million bid for Lo Celso, some way short of the £88million release clause in his contract.

Any hope of tempting Betis to sell way below the release clause has taken a hit, as Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Betis goalkeeper Pau Lopez will undergo a medical with Roma today.

That means Betis will be getting in around £18million, meaning they'll be under even less pressure to sell their star player below their asking price.

Giovanni Lo Celso of Real Betis Balompie During Spanish King La Copa match between  Valencia cf vs Real Betis Balompie Second leg  at Mestalla Stadium on February 28, 2019. (Photo by Jose...

Ironically, Pochettino actually brought Lopez to Tottenham in 2016 for a season-long loan deal, but he failed to even make a single appearance, become a forgotten man in North London.

Now, his move to Roma may just damage Tottenham's pursuit of Lo Celso in a bizarre twist of fate, with Betis in an even better position financially than they were before – especially as Estadio Deportivo claim that Betis are pursuing free replacements in Guillermo Ochoa or Adrian San Miguel.

Pau Lopez of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland at The Lamex Stadium on February 20, 2017 in Stevenage, England.

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