Barcelona has made Giovani Lo Celso a target for their January transfer window, and Tottenham Hotspur is weighing their options.
Tottenham may find themselves severely disadvantaged for the remainder of the season if they approve an early exit, even though Lo Celso is prepared to weigh his alternatives.
The Argentina international was more of a regular under former head coaches Nuno Espirito Santo and Jose Mourinho, but when Antonio Conte took the reigns at Tottenham, he immediately determined he was not part of his plans and subsequently, Lo Celso signed a loan deal with Villarreal, which he played at from January 2022 to June 2023.
Despite moving from Real Betis in 2019, Lo Celso has spent the last five seasons with Spurs under contract, but he hasn’t had much of an influence during that time.
Spurs gave Lo Celso another opportunity to prove his value to the team this summer when they signed current manager Ange Postecoglou. Although he had a strong preseason, a hamstring issue kept him from playing as soon as the 2023–24 season began.
Postecoglou is happy for Lo Celso to stay in London as he recognises his quality and talent, but Spurs are still keeping their options open and considering deals for other midfield players, such as Conor Gallagher from Chelsea.
Tottenham is concerned that giving Lo Celso a new contract would be a significant investment that they may not be prepared to give at this time. Lo Celso’s current deal expires in 2025, and due to injuries, he has missed around 53 Spurs games since signing, so other teams are considering signing him.
After Gavi’s ACL and meniscus injuries kept him out for the remainder of the season, Barcelona is searching the European market for midfield replacements, though it is more probable that they will turn towards the loan market instead. They have discussed a transfer with Lo Celso’s representatives and have him on their short list of possibilities.
James Maddison is not predicted to return until later in January, while fellow midfielders Yves Bissouma and Pape Matar Sarr will be out for the majority of the month due to their involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations.