Villarreal not the only option for the Tottenham man as new Spanish suitors emerge for Lo Celso
A report in Spain claims that Giovani Lo Celso will have the option of returning there next season if Antonio Conte doesn’t include him in his plans for Tottenham.
Lo Celso, 26, is set to agree a six-month loan deal with LaLiga side Villarreal. He was loaned out to the Yellow Submarine after slipping down the pecking order at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Argentina international has made two starts in nine Premier League appearances for Spurs in the first half of 2021-22.
This prompted him to seek a winter outing and the Spanish team were happy to adapt. It was a successful temporary move to the Estadio de la Ceramica.
He made 10 league starts and played 15 outings, impressing manager Unai Emery. And the South American helped Villarreal to seventh in the Spanish top-flight table.
He also featured six times as Emery’s men reached the Champions League semi-finals. They found Liverpool too good on both legs, but it was an impressive spell for Lo Celso.
He will return to north London this summer and seek a place alongside Conte for 2022-23. It was recently claimed that Villarreal are keen to sign the talented midfielder on a permanent basis when his loan deal expires.
Files have backed that report, suggesting Villarreal will look to complete a deal this summer. But they also threw the name of former club Real Betis into the ring as a potential star suitor.
However, the report says any deal for Lo Celso would be ‘complicated’ due to the finances involved. Spurs are likely to place a high price on the schemer’s head which could be beyond the duo’s reach.
Jury on Lo Celso
Lo Celso joined Tottenham in the summer of 2019 but was never able to secure a regular starting spot. He made just 28 league starts from 55 appearances and lacked consistency.
Some experts believe it has been treated harshly by the capital’s outfit and it was a mistake to let him go in January. There’s still time for the former Paris Saint-Germain star to perform well at Spurs.
But they may be looking to cash in on him in the off-season, with other clubs likely to step in.