Man United ‘very interested’ in hijacking £88.9m Spurs move

Matt Stead

Manchester United are ‘very interested’ in hijacking Tottenham’s move for midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.

Lo Celso has emerged as one of Tottenham’s primary targets this summer, with the club already having one offer rejected by Real Betis.

The north London club will continue to pursue the midfielder, whose £88.9m release clause is proving inhibitive to any deal.

But Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo say United ‘are very interested’ in signing the 23-year-old, particularly if Paul Pogba leaves this summer.

They say that ‘the option’ of United came up during a lunch between Betis vice president López Catalán and general director Federico Martínez Feria earlier this week, during which the possibility of signing Aleksandar Mitrovic came up.

It is even added that ‘the negotiations could accelerate in the coming days’, although that seems unlikely with United chasing other targets.

The article is hardly watertight. Sport Witness have done a sterling job of picking it apart. But it is worth noting that United were mentioned as potential suitors late last month.