As per a report from German outlet Bild, Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have emerged as contenders in the race to sign Real Betis star man Giovani Lo Celso.
Short-lived PSG stint
Argentine attacking midfielder Lo Celso made the move to Europe in the summer of 2016, when he joined French powerhouse PSG from Rosario Central.
After struggling for game-time during his debut campaign at the Parc des Princes, Lo Celso went on to enjoy a largely-impressive season in 2017/18, when he managed 33 appearances in Ligue 1, 18 of which came as starts.
However, despite having been short on options in midfield, PSG allowed the gifted South American to depart the French capital last summer, with Lo Celso having joined La Liga outfit Real Betis on loan with option to buy.
And the 23-year-old has since gone on to showcase exactly why he was so highly-regarded in his home country of Argentina during the early years of his career.
Lo Celso took his performances to another level altogether at the Benito Villamarín Stadium this past season.
Across all competitions, the Rosario youth product racked up 16 goals and 5 assists, proving an absolutely integral member of now-former Betis boss Quique Setién’s squad.
And Lo Celso’s stellar form has certainly not gone unnoticed across Europe.
Spurs, though, have been by far the most persistently-linked.
The reliable Gianluca Di Marzio last month even went as far as to suggest that the north Londoners had tabled a massive 70 million Euro bid for Lo Celso:
Tottenham Hotspur have made an improved €70M offer for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso. #THFC
— Daily Hotspur (@Daily_Hotspur) June 1, 2019
Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo, meanwhile, went a step further two weeks ago, in claiming that an agreement between Spurs and Betis was ‘80% complete’.
Bayern enter race
As per the aforementioned update courtesy of SportBild this evening, though, a fresh contender has emerged to rival Tottenham in the race for Lo Celso’s signature.
The outfit in question are German giants Bayern Munich.
As per Bild’s report, the Bundesliga champions are currently engaged in negotiations with Betis.
It remains unclear, however, just how serious Bayern’s interest actually is:
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) July 19, 2019