Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Lo Celso is a target for Barcelona ahead of the January transfer window
Even though the summer transfer window has concluded, Spanish outlet SPORT has stated that Barcelona is still considering signing Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Lo Celso in the upcoming January transfer window.
It has been said that the Argentine’s departure from Tottenham did not happen during the summer, but there is now growing optimism towards a possible move in the January transfer window. However, Spurs are demanding €15 million for his transfer.
This interest stems from Barcelona manager Xavi, who sees the former Villarreal midfielder as an ideal fit for his tactical plans.
Despite making a positive impression on his manager, Ange Postecoglou, during the preseason, Lo Celso has yet to secure a starting position in any Premier League match this season.
James Maddison’s impressive performances for the Lilywhites this season have affected the South American’s position within the team’s starting lineup. The former Leicester City star has quickly made his mark, contributing two goals and four assists in seven matches this season.
This limited playing time has led to speculation about his future, with the possibility of a return to La Liga being discussed.
Real Betis are currently emerging as a strong candidate, but the Blaugrana are also in contention. So far this season, the midfielder has only accumulated a total of 63 minutes on the field, primarily due to injuries that have kept him out of Tottenham’s last three games.
Given these circumstances, it would be a wise decision for the 27-year-old to plan his future away from North London.
If the attacking midfielder decides to leave, it appears that La Liga is the most probable destination, with Barcelona leading the race. However, they would need to spend a decent sum to sign him.
Xavi’s side faced issues while registering Atletico Madrid loanee Joao Felix on the deadline day this summer. Funding any move in January might not be easy, considering the restrictions posed by the financial fair play regulations.
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Hence, it remains to be seen whether the Spanish giants are able to get him in the upcoming transfer window or prefer to wait a little longer and make a bid in the summer of 2024.