One down, three to go for Spurs – Lo Celso exit a ‘done deal’, Ndombele ‘talks continue’

Jason Soutar
Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele and Heung-min Son celebrate a goal

Giovani Lo Celso is close to joining Villarreal on a season-long loan with Tottenham boss Antonio Conte hoping to get rid of another three fringe players.

It was reported earlier this week that Conte had ‘banished’ Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Sergio Reguilon and Harry Winks from the first team in the hope they will all find a new club.

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The Italian head coach reportedly has a certain amount of players he can work with, which conveniently happens to be everyone in the squad, except those four, who are all surplus to requirements.

La Liga clubs appear to be coming to Tottenham’s rescue this summer, with Villarreal interested in both Ndombele and Lo Celso.

Meanwhile, Valencia have registered an interest in Bryan Gil, who played for the club on loan during the second half of last season.

Lo Celso was also in Spain on a temporary basis for the same duration as Gil.

The Argentine midfielder helped Villarreal reach the Champions League semi-finals during a productive loan spell.

And the Castellon club liked what they saw from the 26-year-old and have now agreed to sign him on loan for the entirety of 2022/23.

This is according to Fabrizio Romano, who says the deal will not include a buy option.

Furthermore, Spurs have the ability to ‘interrupt’ the loan in January should they receive a bid for a permanent move, however, it is ‘always up to the player’ in this situation.

Fiorentina were also linked with Lo Celso, but the club’s sporting director, Daniele Prade, confirmed a deal was off the table earlier this week.

Villarreal may complete a double Spurs swoop amidst their reported interest in Ndombele.

They are facing competition from Serie A side Napoli, whose talks with Spurs are ‘continuing’ after opening negotiations on Tuesday, as per Romano.

French outlet Media Foot reported earlier this week that Villarreal are keen on Ndombele but Premier League club Newcastle United are ‘in pole position’.

Spurs paid around €72million to sign the French playmaker from Lyon in 2019.

He has performed to his full potential a handful of times in England, which is why Conte is not eager to work with him.

Lo Celso was not cheap by any means, either, and alongside Ndombele, can be regarded as a huge amount of money wasted.

As per Transfermarkt, Spurs paid an initial £14.4m loan fee to sign him from Real Betis, before forking out £28.8m to make the signing permanent.