Man Utd and Tottenham target hands in transfer request with £68m price set

Giovani Lo Celso has asked to leave Real Betis this summer, with Manchester United and Tottenham both interested in the midfielder.

The 23-year-old only joined Betis on a permanent basis in April, having spent last season on loan at the club from Paris Saint-Germain, but he is already looking for the exit door.

Spanish publication ABC de Sevilla reports that Lo Celso, while he is happy in Seville and with Betis, he wants to play in European competition, ideally the Champions League.

The La Liga side have accepted the Argentinian’s request to leave the club, but are looking for offers in the region of €75m (£68m) to let him go.

This is actually below the midfielder’s release clause at Real Betis, which is set at £88m.

ABC de Sevilla suggest that Lo Celso is now more likely to leave Betis this summer than to stay with them, and that Spurs are the club that have shown the greatest interest in him.

It is also believed that the former PSG player prefers a move to the white half of north London over a switch to other interested party, Manchester United.

However, Tottenham have already splashed out £55m on Tanguy Ndombele this summer and any other substantial outlays may be based on whether they can move some players on beforehand.

Kieran Trippier was sold to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday for an initial fee of £20m, while Danny Rose is also for sale after being left out of the club’s pre-season tour.

Both Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld are on the pre-season tour to Asia, but have also been linked with moves away from the club this summer.

Any move for Lo Celso may have to be financed by the departure of one or both of those players.

Spurs’ only other signing this transfer window has been Jack Clarke from Leeds for around £10m, who has been immediately loaned back to the West Yorkshire club.

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