Tottenham seal stunning loan move for £88m midfielder

Matt Stead

Tottenham have finally secured Giovani Lo Celso – on a season-long loan from Real Betis.

Lo Celso was identified as one of Mauricio Pochettino’s main targets this summer, dating back even before the Champions League final.

A £53m bid was reported to have been rejected in May, with Betis thought to be holding out for closer to his release clause of £88m.

Yet Tottenham confirmed his arrival on a season-long loan with only an option to buy – said by Dan Kilpatrick to be more of an ‘obligation’.

The club said they were ‘delighted’ to ‘have reached agreement’ over the transfer for the midfielder, who will inherit Fernando Llorente’s No. 18 shirt.

He follows Ryan Sessegnon to north London on a busy deadline day for Pochettino’s side.