Tottenham handed transfer boost as January loophole emerges over Eriksen replacement

Tottenham have been handed a January transfer window boost as it’s emerged they can get a discount on a permanent deal for Giovani Lo Celso if they trigger the move in January.

Lo Celso has had little impact at Tottenham so far, struggling with injuries, but big things are expected.

The Argentina ace, 23, has been restricted to two starts for Spurs since joining from Real Betis on an initial loan deal.

He has also come off the bench on six occasions and scored in the 4-0 win over Crvena Zvezda.

Lo Celso is expected to be the long-term replacement for Christian Eriksen who looks set to leave either in January or the summer.

The Lo Celso deal was expected to be a permanent one in the summer, before the 18-month loan deal was confirmed on deadline day.

There is an obligation to purchase Lo Celso written into the deal with Betis, but Mundo Deportivo say Tottenham can get a discount if they trigger his purchase before the end of the season.

So if Tottenham make the move permanent in January they would save 20% on the deal and would be able to get him for £27.5m rather than £34.2m.

However after Tottenham’s poor start to the season it remains to be seen what their strategy will be in Jnaury.

Spurs are 14th with 14 points from 12 games and pressure is building on manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Despite reaching the Champions League final last season, things are not going to plan for Tottenham this season.

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They are without a win in five Premier League including the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United last time out.

Finding a replacement for the likes of Eriksen and defensive duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, who are out of contract in the summer, are the top priorities.


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