Transfer Rumour: Has Mauricio Pochettino found Eriksen's replacement?


#1

Tottenham are reportedly in talks with Real Madrid with a tempting offer for the transfer of Christian Eriksen. Los Blancos chief Florentino Perez has weighed up an offer of around £44million plus Marco Asensio for Eriksen. Amidst all this rumour Mauricio Pochettino has already found Eriksen’s replacement.

Tottenham have made a bid of about 60m euros (£53m) for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso. Spurs will face competition for the 23-year-old Argentine with other Premier League clubs interested. Lo Celso has a 100m euro (£88m) release clause and the Londoners have not signed a player since January 2018 when they paid Paris St-Germain £23m for winger Lucas Moura. Tottenham’s record signing is Davinson Sanchez - they spent £42m on Ajax’s Colombia centre-back in August 2017.

Lo Celso initially joined Betis on a season-long loan in August 2018 from PSG but the La Liga club triggered their option to buy the player in April for 22m euros. He scored 16 goals and registered six assists in 45 games for Betis last season and has been named in Argentina’s squad for the Copa America. The Argentinian’s fine movement, strong left foot and runs from deep have seen him as a potential replacement.

With nine goals in LaLiga Santander, five in the Europa League and two in the Copa del Rey, is Pochettino right for his bid on the youngster?


#2

The Sevilla side seems to have rejected this meager offer, and insist that his €100m (£88m) release clause must be met. Given that he was signed on 16 April for a mere €22m would land Real Betis a tidy €78m profit.


#3

Lo Celso could be a good replacement for Eriksen as he is also an attacking midfielder, has excellent first touch and has superb range of passing - a role similar to Eriksen.