Tottenham well placed to strike £30m-plus Giovani Lo Celso part-exchange deal - pundit
Noel Whelan has suggested Tottenham could use Giovani Lo Celso in a part-exchange deal to sign Pau Torres from Villareal.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Daniel Levy would do anything to strike a “cut-price deal” for the 25-year-old.
As reported by the Daily Mail on Wednesday (4 May), Spurs are keen to sign Torres, 25, this summer as Antonio Conte looks for a new centre-back.
The Spain international reportedly has a £55million release clause in his contract.
With Lo Celso, 26, currently at Villareal on loan, Whelan suggested a part-exchange deal could be struck between the two clubs.
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think Daniel Levy will always look to get a cut-price deal unless it’s for one of his players.
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“There are so many deals that can be done to lower it. Trust me, if Daniel Levy can get away with giving them a player and spending £25-30million, he will.
“It makes perfect sense. They’re getting a player (Lo Celso) who’s creative and seems to be settling in well at Villareal. He has done well for them this season.
“That would work perfectly because he’s not in Conte’s plans. That’s clear to see because that’s why he’s out on loan.
“There’s already a relationship between the two clubs that could get this deal done.”
Lo Celso has played 17 times for Villareal since joining in January, with one assist under his belt.
He helped his loan side reach the Champions League semi-finals and played the full 90 minutes in both ties against Liverpool.
The Argentina international is contracted to Spurs until the summer of 2025.