Giovani Lo Celso transfer update amid interest from Spanish club

The idea of Tottenham's Argentinian midfielder leaving the club this summer has been toyed with and thrown around the ever-turning pool of transfer rumors in recent months.
Rayo Vallecano v Real Betis Sevilla - La Liga Santander
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A dynamic and high work-rate midfield. That's what Ange Postecoglou's system demands, and what Tottenham's talent pool has been striving for in the year since the Australian manager came to the North London club.

Throughout this past season, the squad showed their ability to flourish and play out of tight midfield areas with relative consistency thanks to the efforts of players like James Maddison, Pape Matar Sarr, and Dejan Kulusevski.

Given the ebb and flow of injury woes, as well as the severe physical toll which players have had to endure under 'Ange-ball', a number of other faces made it out onto the central part of the pitch, including those who have struggled to find minutes in recent years.

One such player to include in that category would undoubtedly be that of 28-year-old Giovani Lo Celso.

The former PSG footballer first joined Spurs back in August of 2019, when he was sent out on loan by his parent club Real Betis.

Since then, the Argentinian has made over 100 appearances in Lilywhite, though such numbers have waned in recent seasons with just 18 in the Prem in 2020/21, nine in 2021/22, and a loan spell with Villarreal the following season (Transfermarkt).

Despite the inconsistent minutes, however, Lo Celso was able to work his way into 22 league appearances across his first season under Ange's management, registering four goal contributions as well (Transfermarkt).

At present, it seems that the player could have a future at the club, and that could be the reason why other clubs across Europe are starting to realize that he may not be a suitable transfer target.

Real Betis were one such club linked with a deal that would see the player return to the green and white of the Spanish side, but which have recently reneged on that possibility.

Speaking with reporters, Real's sporting director Manu Fajardo recently explained, "Today, as you know, he is a Tottenham player. He has a valid contract and we owe him respect. He is a high-level player, with a past in green and white. He left very good memories, but today he is still a remote option for Betis" (Get Football).

Lo Celso could play an integral role in Tottenham's 2024/25 campaign, in which Ange will have to pull from the deepest parts of Spurs' roster as the club take on European football in addition to their domestic pursuits.