Tottenham have confirmed the signing of midfielder Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis on a season-long loan deal.
After withdrawing from Betis’ squad to face Las Palmas on Wednesday, Lo Celso headed straight over to north London to complete his transfer to Spurs.
The 23-year-old’s move was a surprise considering he only joined Betis permanently from Paris Saint-Germain for €22m this summer. It came following an impressive loan spell last season, which saw him register 16 goals and six assists in 46 appearances.
But Lo Celso was allegedly keen to link-up with fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino. In fact, the Spurs boss pushed hard for the deal to go through after not spending a penny in the last two transfer windows.
Now, Spurs have confirmed that Lo Celso will spend this season on loan with them. They will pay Betis €13m this summer and a further €40m to sign him permanently next year.
“We are delighted to announce that we have reached an agreement for the season-long loan signing of Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis Balompié with an option to make the transfer permanent,” read a club statement.
“The attacking midfielder will wear the number 18 shirt this season.”
Lo Celso becomes Spurs’ third signing of the summer transfer window following the arrivals of Lyon star Tanguy Ndombele for a club-record €60m and Jack Clarke from Leeds United for €11m.
The 19-time Argentina international could make his debut for the Londoners in their Premier League opener against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Despite Lo Celso’s arrival, however, Pochettino will be disappointed to miss out on signing Paulo Dybala.
Spurs were in talks with Juventus on Thursday morning and hoped to seal a deal. However, the Italian champions decided to not sell Dybala.