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Midfielder Giovani Lo Celso is close to coming to Lyon on loan, but Tottenham are playing hard on terms while negotiations with the Ligue 1 team continue.
Lo Celso, 25, is currently embarking on his third season with Spurs, who joined from Real Betis in August 2019. An initial loan stay quickly became permanent. The North Londoners paid around £ 28 million for the Argentine national team player, but he has struggled to reach the heights.
He started 15 Premier League games in his first season at the club, but only 11 last season. And the former Paris Saint-German star has been awarded twice in 2021-2022 among nine top flights.
He has struggled with injuries but also a dive into the form. Antonio Conte does not seem to trust him in the league, but he has seen action elsewhere.
The South American has made four appearances in the EFL Cup while playing five times in the Europa Conference League. Recent rumors suggest that an exit in January may be on the cards.
And respected transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has taken to Twitter to support these claims.
He tweeted: “Olympique Lyonnais are interested in signing Giovani Lo Celso from Tottenham to replace Bruno Guimaraes, who is ready to join Newcastle.
“He is considered one of the candidates on their list.”
The transfer window will soon be closed and so many appointments will be rushed through. But it looks like the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium outfit will only let Lo Celso leave on their terms.
Romano added on Twitter: “Spurs only open to accept 100% coverage until June. Talks underway.”
The capital also wants the French club to pay a fee for the loan period. The planner would join an 11th club in the French top class, but only three points outside the European places.
Lo Celso fails to impress Conte
Lo Celso suffered a knee injury in November that kept him out of the game for a month. And he was also lopsided in late December with a calf problem.
However, he recently made it clear that he is fully fit. Conte chose not to take him out of the squad for Spurs’ 2-0 loss to Chelsea last time.
This led to speculation about an impending exit and he may soon go to France. The Rosario-born ace has only played 233 minutes of league football this season.
He will see a place in Argentina’s World Cup team and will have to play regular football to impress coach Lionel Scaloni.
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