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Tuesday June 18 2019
Manchester United intent on Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso

Manchester United are evaluating ‘several formulas’ to land in-demand Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, report El Desmarque.

Tottenham are thought to be the favoured destination of the midfielder but United’s superior financial power may make the difference in any deal, the report adds.

Spurs 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.

It has even been mentioned by the report that Juan Mata - who is on the verge of a new contract at Old Trafford - could form part of a deal.

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.

Despite missing out on European football, their idea is to retain the player for one more season but their hand may be forced by an outlandish fee.

Football Italia website