Transfer News: Alan Hutton believes Tottenham should reduce the asking price for Giovani Lo Celso
Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Alan Hutton believes his former side should reduce their asking price for midfielder Giovanni Lo Celso.
Spurs are believed to have set an asking price of £18 million for the midfielder, who is currently out on loan to Spanish side Villareal.
Hutton, while speaking exclusively to Football Insider believes that the asking price is too much and that the north London club should reduce it.
“Obviously it is someone they would have paid a lot of money for and it has not quite worked out. Another player that we saw in flashes what he was capable of. £18m is still a lot of money for even a team like Villareal to pay at this moment in time. I think it is going to be difficult for that to come off. I do not see a future at Tottenham. I think it is definitely one that they will be more than happy to cut their losses on.”
Lo Celso joined the north London club for a whooping £55 million fee in 2020 from Real Betis. While he was a regular under former coach Mauricio Pochettino, the 26-year-old fell down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.
The midfielder has managed to make a total of 84 appearances for Spurs so far, scoring only eight goals in the process. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Villareal and has joined them for a season-long spell again this summer.
Spurs are wanting to get rid of the Argentine for good. Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg have established themselves as undisputed starters in the middle of the park with the likes of Yves Bissouma and Oliver Skipp fighting for a place against them.
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Had Lo Celso been here, he would have likely struggled for game time. It will be wise for both the club and the player to see the midfielder ply his trade elsewhere. With the midfielder likely to go to the World Cup later this month, a decent performance there could bring in suitors in January or next summer.