Paper Talk: Tottenham close in on £88million double raid

Date published: Friday 31st May 2019 8:29

Tottenham are ready to splash out £88m on a double signing, while Manchester United have told Inter Milan how much they will have to pay for Romelu Lukaku, according to Friday’s papers.



Tottenham are reportedly closing in on an £88million double signing, as Mauricio Pochettino finally gets the opportunity to strengthen his squad.

Having not signed a single player in the last two transfer windows, Spurs look set to splash the cash this summer as they look to mount a serious title challenge next season.

And according to reports in Friday’s papers, two players have been targeted – with bids submitted.

A £53m offer is reportedly in for highly-rated Real Betis midfielder Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, according to The Guardian.

The Argentinian is said to have a buy-out clause of £88m, with Betis keen to fetch as close to that amount as possible, although Spurs are hoping a deal for closer to £50m can be done.

Lo Celso has scored 16 goals and registered six assists in 45 games for Betis this season and would certainly add a goalscoring threat that has been missing from Tottenham’s central midfield area.

The other player tipped to be on his way to north London is PSV winger Steven Bergwijn, who would cost in the region of £35million.

The Sun claims that the 21-year-old, who has scored 15 goals and added 13 assists in 41 appearances this season, has been monitored by Spurs for some time – having impressed for PSV against Pochettino’s men in the Champions League group stage this term.

Reports claim that the player has a €25m exit clause in his contract, although it would appear that Spurs may have to bid more than £30m to land a player who is likely to be viewed as straight competition for Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura.


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