Spurs’ first offer for Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso was in fact considerably lower than was initially reported, according to Spanish outlet ABC de Sevilla.
Short-lived PSG stint
Argentine attacking midfielder Lo Celso made the move to Europe in the summer of 2016, when he joined French powerhouse PSG from Rosario Central.
After struggling for game-time during his debut campaign at the Parc des Princes, Lo Celso went on to enjoy a largely-impressive season in 2017/18, when he managed 33 appearances in Ligue 1, 18 of which came as starts.
However, despite having been short on options in midfield, PSG allowed the gifted South American to depart the French capital last summer, with Lo Celso having joined La Liga outfit Real Betis on loan with option to buy.
And the 23-year-old has since gone on to showcase exactly why he was so highly-regarded in his home country of Argentina during the early years of his career.
Lo Celso took his performances to another level altogether at the Benito Villamarín Stadium this past season.
Across all competitions, the Rosario youth product racked up 16 goals and 5 assists, proving an absolutely integral member of now-former Betis boss Quique Setién’s squad.
And Lo Celso’s stellar form has certainly not gone unnoticed across Europe.
Spurs, though, have been by far the most persistently-linked.
A report from Spanish outlet AS last month suggested that the north Londoners were prepared to pay up to 60 million Euro to secure Lo Celso’s signature.
The reliable Gianluca Di Marzio, meanwhile, subsequently claimed that Tottenham had gone a step further, by tabling a hefty 70 million Euro bid for the gifted Argentine.
Tottenham Hotspur have made an improved €70M offer for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso. #THFC
— Daily Hotspur (@Daily_Hotspur) June 1, 2019
As per the aforementioned update courtesy of ABC de Sevilla, however, Spurs’ offer may have actually been worth considerably less than has been reported.
The Spanish publication insist that the English giants bid just 40 million Euro for Lo Celso.
This falls some way short of Betis’ rumoured asking price, and even further from the midfielder’s 100 million Euro release clause.
Betis, for their part, made Lo Celso’s move to Seville permanent in April, for 22 million Euro.
Lo Celso in Argentina’s Copa America squad
— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) May 21, 2019