Tottenham Hotspur have announced the permanent signature of Giovani Lo Celso, who has agreed a deal in north London until June 2025 following his loan from Real Betis.
The Argentina international moved to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on a season-long loan from Betis in August, but the club confirmed he’s now signed terms on a five-and-a-half-year deal.
It was rumoured in the summer that Spurs could be expected to pay as much as $65 million (£50 million) to make the move permanent, but BBC Sport reported Tottenham paid just $35.4 million (£27.2 million) to cement his jump from Spain’s top flight.
Lo Celso’s announcement fell on the same day that Inter Milan confirmed the signing of Tottenham stalwart Christian Eriksen, who was a talisman in Spurs’ midfield for the vast majority of his six-and-a-half-year stay.
Lo Celso has shown great promise since recovering from a hip injury that prevented him from making his first Premier League start until November 9.
Manager Jose Mourinho has used the South American more since Eriksen fell out of the first team, and Lo Celso looks a natural fit to inherit his place in Tottenham’s creative department.
He becomes the club’s second piece of business in arrivals during the the January transfer window, with Gedson Fernandes having arrived on an 18-month loan from Benfica earlier this month.
Lo Celso has looked particularly impressive during recent wins over Middlesbrough and Norwich City in the FA Cup and Premier League, respectively. His boss will hope he carries on his improving form when Spurs host Manchester City on Sunday.