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Tottenham midfielders James Maddison and Giovani Lo Celso

James Maddison and Giovani Lo Celso of Tottenham Hotspur

According to a source, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Lo Celso is now effectively for sale in the January transfer window.

After returning from a loan spell at Villarreal in the summer, there has been some misunderstanding concerning Lo Celso’s status at Tottenham. He was eventually reintegrated into the first-team squad, but has only started one match since then under Ange Postecoglou.

Other teams may be monitoring Lo Celso’s status ahead of January. According to Football Insider, Tottenham are preparing to part ways with the Argentina international.

They will seek a sum of between £15m and £20m to sanction a sale.Lo Celso is nearing the end of his contract in north London, so Spurs will do everything they can to get the former Real Betis player.

Lo Celso’s chances as an attacking midfielder have been limited by Leicester City’s summer purchase of James Maddison. Many pundits have named Maddison one of the best signings of the season, thus his form has kept Lo Celso out of the starting lineup.

The 27-year-old South American star does not want to be on the bench. The absence of any European or Carabao Cup matches for Tottenham.

Where next for Lo Celso?

The report does not mention any suitors for Lo Celso’s signature, but other sources have previously suggested he will have markets in Spain and Italy. One look at the calibre of previous clubs on his CV would show that he should still be attractive to some decent teams.

Tottenham are actually the club that Lo Celso has represented the most in his career, having made 87 appearances for them. However, they are not the club he has scored the most goals for (Real Betis) nor who he made the most assists for (Rosario Central).

He has been with Tottenham since the summer of 2019, but has never started more than half of the Premier League games in any of his seasons with the club.

Perhaps with that in mind, his market value has declined since Tottenham signed him for more than £40m (combining the initial loan fee and the price they paid for his permanent signature).

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