Real Betis hold out for €79m on Spurs target Giovani Lo Celso

Real Betis are holding out for €79m (£70m) for in-demand midfielder Giovani Lo Celso amid interest, according to reports.

Tottenham have reportedly made a bid in the region of €60m for the highly-rated midfielder, with BBC Sport outlining the details of the bid, although the Seville-based club hold a €100m release clause.

El Mundo Deportivo cite a report in The Mirror that Betis will sell the player should the offer be raised to closer to €79m.

The Argentine international had been on a season-long loan deal at Los Verdiblancos from Paris Saint-Germain before joining permanently last month in a €22m deal.

Last month, Marca verified a report from Diario de Sevilla that Spurs lodged a €60m bid for the 23-year-old, who netted 16 goals for Betis last season in an impressive individual campaign.

The central midfielder starred for the club last season and was one of the standout players in the Spanish topflight, leading to links with a series of top clubs.

Marca also claimed United have contacted Betis regarding their interest in a deal while Madrid instead have opted to go through the player’s representatives.

PSG would retain 20% of any future deal for the midfielder but his release clause of €100m gives Betis a strong position in any negotiation and despite missing out on European football, their idea is to retain the player for one more season.

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