By Wayne Veysey
Real Betis attacking midfielder Giovani Lo Celso has told friends he wants to join Tottenham this summer, Football Insider understands.
The Argentine, 23, is one of Spurs’ priority targets after they launched their summer squad overhaul with the signings yesterday of Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke.
A Spurs source has told Football Insider the club they are ready to push hard to land Lo Celso and are willing to spend similar money to the potential £63million spent on Ndombele, who joined for an initial £54million plus £9million of add-ons.
The Londoners have been encouraged by feedback from Lo Celso’s camp that he wants to make the move from Betis to north London before next month’s transfer deadline.
The 16-times Argentine international has told his inner circle he is eager to push through the transfer despite competing interest from other elite European clubs.
Lo Celso has an £88million release clause in his contract, which also stipulates that Betis must pay 20 per cent of the transfer fee to his former club Paris Saint-Germain.
The La Liga club exercised an option to sign him permanently for £21 million in April at the end of what was an outstanding campaign for the player.
He scored 16 goals and provided six assists from 45 matches in all competitions, with nearly all of those coming in the key Spanish league and Europa League competitions.
Tottenham will not stretch to meeting the £88million release clause in Lo Celso’s contract, but there is hope at the club that Betis will cave in before that point.
In other Spurs news, Danny Mills tells Football Insider he fears for Tottenham big hitter after huge transfer development.