Man Utd hijack Tottenham’s move after submitting £67m bid for South American star
Manchester United are trying to hijack Tottenham’s move for Giovani Lo Celso after tabling a £67m bid for the Real Betis attacking midfielder
Managers are working hard trying to strengthen their squads during the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Today, Man Utd have made a move for Giovani Lo Celso…
Manchester United are trying to hijack Tottenham’s move for Giovani Lo Celso after tabling a £67m bid for the Real Betis attacking midfielder, according to reports in Spain via TeamTalk.
Lo Celso has become one of the hottest properties in European football after enjoying a superb debut campaign with Betis having joined them on an initial 12-month loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
The 23-year-old provided 16 goals and 6 assists in all competitions to help Betis secure 10th-place in the La Liga table while he’s also set to feature at this summers Copa America after being named in the Argentinean national team squad.
Betis took up the option to make Lo Celso’s move permanent back in April after paying PSG around £20m for his signature but the Spaniard’s are facing a battle to keep hold of the attacking midfielder beyond this summer.
Tottenham have been strongly linked with a move for the South American with the Mirror reporting last week that Spurs were readying an improved offer after seeing their opening £53m bid rejected by Betis.
Mauricio Pochettino is in the market for a new attacking midfielder after Christian Eriksen went public with his desire to seek a new challenge after failing to agree terms over a new contract and Lo Celso has been identified as his replacement.
However, it looks like Tottenham could miss out as TeamTalk are citing a report from Estadio Deportivo that claims Manchester United have now gazumped the north Londoners by submitting a £67m [€75m] offer of their own.
The bid falls short of Lo Celso’s £89m [€100m] release clause but the Spanish publication suggests that it will still be enough to persuade Betis to cash-in as they will turn a huge profit on their investment in a matter of months.
The report claims United chiefs have already held talks with the players representatives about a move to Old Trafford so it appears Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is pushing to secure his second signing of the summer window.
United have already snapped-up winger Daniel James from Swansea and they could be eyeing Lo Celso as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba amid speculation he’s trying to force a move this summer.
We’ll have to see whether Tottenham react to Man Utd’s offer by launching an improved bid of their own but as it stands it looks like United are now in pole position to sign Lo Celso and I think he’d be an exciting addition to their squad if they can get a deal over the line.
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