Giovani Lo Celso agrees personal terms with Villarreal

Giovani Lo Celso has agreed personal terms with Villarreal as the midfielder is set to join the Spanish side on another loan deal.

According to the journalist German Garcia GrovaVillarreal have agreed personal terms with Giovani Lo Celso as a loan deal with Tottenham draws closer. The Argentinian midfielder is unwanted by Antonio Conte and he is approaching a second loan spell at the Spanish side.

Villarreal emerged victorious from the loan deal when they signed Lo Celso last January. The midfielder was a crucial part of Unai Emery’s side that reached the Champions League semi-finals, beating Bayern Munich along the way.

As he returned to North London for pre-season, Antonio Conte made it clear that the midfielder is not part of his plans. Lo Celso was left behind alongside three other first-team members as Spurs continued their pre-season tour of Korea.

Despite a lot of interest from various clubs, an agreement had not been reached with any team. Moreover, Tottenham reportedly wanted €20m in exchange for the midfielder but they haven’t yet found any suitors willing to pay.

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Therefore, the Lilywhites are poised to take the best available move to get Lo Celso off their books, with a loan return to Villarreal now edging closer. The midfielder will join Emery’s squad with the contract consisting of an option/obligation to buy him outright at the end of the campaign, according to Caesar Luis Merlo.

Lo Celso has already agreed personal terms with Villarreal which will make the process easier. Both clubs are said to be in the final stages of negotiations as the Argentina international will soon be back at the Spanish side.

Spurs have already signed Yves Bissouma this summer, who could make up for the departure of Lo Celso or Tanguy Ndombele in this window. Moreover, they had already signed Rodrigo Bentancur in January, with the Uruguayan now a mainstay in Tottenham’s midfield alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Lo Celso, 26, has a contract until 2025 which allows Tottenham to be relaxed about making a future decision on the midfielder. For now, a loan deal seems the best bet for all parties involved, with Lo Celso likely to get enough playing time ahead of the Winter World Cup in a few months.

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