Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso, 27, is expected to leave the club on a free transfer.
“Tottenham’s Lo Celso is expected to leave the club this summer,” the Express reported on July 1 (KST), adding that “Villarreal and Aston Villa have entered the race to sign the midfielder”.
“With Lo Celso set to leave Tottenham, Villarreal have offered a swap deal involving Samuel Chukwueze, 24, who is expected to leave for a new club,” the report added.
“Villarreal have already offered Tottenham a swap deal involving Chukwueze and Lo Celso,” said Spanish outlet Relevo, “and they are also demanding cash as part of the package.”
Lo Celso joined Tottenham in 2019-20 and enjoyed a strong first season, but his place in the team was increasingly limited. In 2021-22, he made just nine Premier League appearances. He joined Villarreal on loan in the winter transfer window.
Since his arrival, he has become an integral part of the Villarreal offense. In the UEFA Champions League, he starred in the quarterfinal series against Bayern Munich, helping them reach the last four. He made 22 appearances in a Villarreal shirt, starting all six Champions League games.
It wasn’t the same at Tottenham. Lo Celso has been the subject of criticism. He has been plagued by injuries since joining Spurs. Even when he was on the pitch, his ups and downs often left something to be desired. However, since his arrival, he has earned the trust of the club.
This season, he also played for Villarreal on loan. In total, he scored two goals and provided three assists in 28 games. He made an impact as he started 14 of their 21 La Liga games. Villarreal are keen to keep hold of Lo Celso.
Meanwhile, Chukwueze looks set to leave the club. Everton have also been interested in him. His 13 goals and 11 assists in 49 games have boosted his stock. He’s likely to leave this summer, and he’d prefer to go to the Premier League.토토사이트
Therefore, Villarreal proposed a swap deal. The idea is to send Chukwueze, who is likely to leave, in exchange for Lo Celso, the player they want.
However, Aston Villa are also interested in Lo Celso. “Aston Villa manager Unai Emery has been linked with Lo Celso. They want to sign him.”