Tottenham Hotspur are set to face fresh competition in the pursuit of Giovani Lo Celso, with Bayern Munich reportedly keen on hijacking a deal.
According to The Sun, Bayern Munich have joined the race to sign Giovani Lo Celso this summer. The Real Betis midfielder is a prime target for Tottenham Hotspur while Manchester United have also expressed an interest. It is believed that Spurs are leading the chase to sign the £60 million-rated Lo Celso, who is also keen on a move to North London, just one year after joining Betis on a loan deal.
However, Bayern’s latest entry to the pursuit could lead to the player having second thoughts about joining Tottenham next season. And this could serve as a massive blow for Mauricio Pochettino.
The Lilywhites have already shattered their transfer record by bringing in Olympique Lyon superstar Tanguy Ndombele. And amid reports linking Christian Eriksen to a move away from North London this summer, the Champions League finalists are now keen on securing the services of a creative midfielder.
Lo Celso, in that regard, could be an ideal target. The Argentine, much like Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan, is an excellent ball-carrier and is blessed with immense technical qualities. The 23-year-old is quite versatile as well as he can, aside from the preferred central midfield role, also feature in a wide-attacking position as well as a number ten.
The Real Betis midfielder could have been an ideal partner to Ndombele in the Tottenham midfield. But, Spurs are not the only ideal destination for the ex-PSG star, with Bayern Munich also an option.
The Bavarians are looking to add more depth to the midfield department following Corentin Tolisso’s injury woes last season. Besides, Renato Sanches has struggled to make an impact in the first-team, thus accentuating the need for a new midfielder – making Lo Celso a viable target.
The combination between Thiago Alcantara and Lo Celso could make Bayern Munich a strong contender for the Champions League next season, especially with Leon Goretzka offering support from the additional midfield slot. The Argentine international can also be utilised in a more advanced role, which makes sense given the departures of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez.
Hence, it will be interesting to see if the Bavarians manage to hijack Tottenham’s deal to sign Lo Celso this summer as they attempt to get their hands on the elusive UEFA Champions League next season.