Transfer Rumors: Mauricio Pochettino ‘Determined’ To Sign La Liga Star This Summer

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Transfer Rumors: Mauricio Pochettino ‘Determined’ To Sign La Liga Star This Summer

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with plenty of players in the last couple of weeks, but not all the names rumored to be making their way to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will end up landing there.

The club has made clear what are their priorities for this offseason, with the midfield being a key zone to reinforce this summer. Despite reports indicating that Spurs were on the verge of signing Olympique Lyonnais’ star Tanguy Ndombele, the club and the boss Mauricio Pochettino are still keeping tabs on one of the most interesting players we saw the last season of the La Liga.

Even though their first offer was rejected, Tottenham still have hopes to sign Real Betis standout Giovani Lo Celso, as Mauricio Pochettino is still said to be 'determined' to sign him this offseason.

Pochettino is eager to bring some additions to his team after not signing a single player during the past two transfer windows, and Spurs look to push on and finally take the last step to challenge for the Premier League title next year. The Lillywhites have been linked with the 23-year-old for quite some time now, and according to the BBC, their initial £53 million bid for the midfielder was already rejected.

Last season the former Paris Saint-Germain player made 46 appearances, scoring 16 goals and providing six assists in all competitions for Betis, which turned a lot of heads to him, with several major European clubs eyeing a move for him. ​Tottenham, though, appear to be the club with the most interest in signing Giovani, as Mauricio Pochettino is ‘determined’ to sign the player, as reported by ​Estadio Deportivo.

Right now Lo Celso’s release clause stands at £88 million, but Tottenham are very unlikely to be able to match it at present. While Betis are reportedly willing to let the playmaker for £75 million, that still would mean Spurs will have to almost double their transfer record fee of £42 million that they paid to Ajax for defender Davinson Sanchez back in 2017.

It looks like this whole deal will go down on what Christian Eriksen decides to do with his future. If Tottenham decide to sell the midfielder, they should have enough available funds to afford the Lo Celso deal. Yet, with Giovani away on international duty with his National team, no negotiations can take place until the player comes back.

Not only Spurs, but any other team that will intend to get Lo Celso’s signature this summer has to move fast, as not only the North Londoners are interested in the midfielder. Others potential suitors for Giovani are Manchester United and Real Madrid.