Lyon ‘discussing’ loan deal for Tottenham midfielder Lo Celso

Jason Soutar
Reported Lyon target Giovani Lo Celso celebrates his goal

Lyon are interested in signing Argentina midfielder Giovanni Lo Celso on loan from Tottenham, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Lo Celso joined the north London side in 2019 after spells with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Betis.

He has played 84 times for Tottenham but has struggled for consistent game time this season due to injury.

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Antonio Conte is eager to offload fellow midfielder Tanguy Ndombele this month, with PSG and Valencia reportedly interested.

However, the Italian will let Lo Celso leave before the transfer window closes on Monday, with Lyon eyeing up a loan move for the Argentine, as per Fabrizio Romano.

The 25-year-old will only leave if his full wage is covered and Spurs are also asking for a loan fee.

Romano wrote on Twitter: “Tottenham and OL are discussing about Giovani Lo Celso’s salary. Spurs only open to accept 100% coverage until June. Talks ongoing.”

Lo Celso was added to Lyon’s list to replace Bruno Guimaraes, who is close to joining Newcastle United.

As well as Lo Celso and Ndombele, Dele Alli has been linked with a move away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Alli has been urged to leave the club by Neil Warnock, who believes the midfielder would be a “different player” if he was at Manchester City.

He’s got to go,” Warnock told talkSPORT.

“I’ll be honest with you, though, when you look at Dele Alli, if you put him in Man City’s team you would see a different player.

“You’ve got to have a decent back line to start with. Tottenham haven’t had a decent back line for ages.

“He roves in a No.10 role and he’s as good as anything when he was. But they’re not getting that ball, they’re having to fight for everything to get a look in.

“They are not good enough at the back, so it opens all the positions. That’s why he’s got to go.

“He will find somewhere as he’s a good player when he’s on, but he’s just gone backwards.”