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.
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.
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.
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.
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