La Liga side Villarreal are reportedly ready to approach Tottenham Hotspur to sign Giovani Lo Celso permanently this summer.

According to Football Insider, Villarreal want to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Lo Celso on a permanent deal this summer.

The 26-year-old joined the Yellow Submarine on a six-month loan in the winter transfer window and has impressed in his short stay with them. Tottenham Hotspur signed Lo Celso in the 2020 summer transfer window from Real Betis. However, the Argentine midfielder struggled to cope with the pace of English football and could not break into Spurs’ first team.

Lo Celso made 38 appearances across competitions for the north London club in his first season with them, scoring twice while playing majorly from the central midfield position. He was used as a number 10 and a right midfielder. A hamstring injury ruled the Argentine international out for the majority of the 2020/21 season, which hampered his progress at Tottenham.

In 28 appearances across competitions for Spurs that season, Lo Celso scored five goals, mostly playing as a number 10. A knee injury followed by a shinbone injury affected the start of his 2021/22 season as well, and the 26-year-old was subsequently loaned out to Villarreal in the winter window.

Giovani Lo Celso could move to Spain permanently (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Giovani Lo Celso could move to Spain permanently (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Lo Celso has been quite a revelation upon returning to Spain, with Unai Emery often deploying him as a second striker in La Liga and an attacking midfielder in the UEFA Champions League. Lo Celso has played a crucial role in the Yellow Submarine’s UEFA Champions League run, where they have booked a semi-final spot for themselves.

Villarreal are now willing to make Lo Celso’s move permanent and are ready to approach Tottenham with an offer. Spurs, too, are confident that they can earn a significant amount with the midfielder’s sale, who is valued at £30 million.

The report states that Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici can also explore the option of a swap deal, with the north London club interested in signing Villarreal defender Pau Torres. Tottenham were interested in the Spanish defender last summer as well, but a move did not materialise.

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