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Tottenham Faces Competition From Man United & Real Madrid For Midfielder: Right Fit For Spurs?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by Marca, Tottenham Hotspur are set to face stiff competition from Manchester United and Real Madrid in pursuit of Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso during the summer transfer period. On Saturday, Diario de Sevilla claimed that the La Liga side declined Spurs’ £52m offer for their Argentine sensation, who penned a permanent deal at the Benito Villamarín Stadium last month.

Marca has also revealed that the 23-year-old has a €100m release clause in his contract with Betis which is set to run out in the summer of 2023 so the Spanish outfit would be under no pressure to sell their prized asset in this offseason.

The Rapid Emergence Of Giovani Lo Celso

Mauricio Pochettino needs to sign a new midfielder if Christian Eriksen ends up leaving the club this summer. Thus, Lo Celso fits the bill perfectly as he is young, talented and full of potential. The Rosario born prospect has enjoyed a stellar season with Betis after putting in many goal-scoring displays for them during this campaign.

The Argentine midfield ace has featured in 46 matches for the La Liga side this term, scoring 16 goals while grabbing six assists across all competitions. He has also earned 12 international caps for Argentina and has found the back of the net once for his nation thus far.

What Will The South American Sensation Bring To North London?

Lo Celso has decent pace in his locker which enables him to make some lung-bursting runs from midfield. He can also link up play well with others around him and is not afraid to play a decisive pass in the final third. The Betis talent has also transformed himself into a prolific goal-scorer which Spurs could look to benefit from over the new few seasons.

The acquisition of a player of Lo Celso’s attacking prowess will undoubtedly improve Pochettino’s squad at the new White Hart Lane. He will not only add more goals to the Spurs midfield but will also increase their creativity from the centre of the park.

Will Lo Celso Be A Good Fit For Spurs?

Le Celso has all the skillset required to taste success in the Premier League as long as he is willing to work hard on the playing field. The Argentine will be an excellent fit for Pochettino’s style of play at the North London club. However, the jury is still out on whether he will be able to cope with the physicality and high intensity of English football.

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