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Manchester United join the race to sign Spurs target Lo Celso

Manchester United are claimed to have lodged a bid to sign Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis.

Lo Celso has been heavily linked with a move to Spurs this summer, with the North London outfit seeing a £53 million bid rejected earlier this summer.

It has been a long 18 months since Tottenham were able to present a new player to their fans, but with Mauricio Pochettino having suggested he could leave if he is not backed in the transfer market, it seems like Daniel Levy is prepared to finally put his hand in his pocket.

However, a report in Seville based newspaper Estadio Deportivo claims that Manchester United have now opened discussions with Real Betis, and are willing to pay €75 million (£67m) for the services of the Argentina international, a figure at which the La Liga side are reportedly willing to do business.

United are known to be in the market to add at least one, maybe even two new midfielders to their ranks this summer, with Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini having departed in the last six months, while doubts remain over Paul Pogba’s future.

However, reports linking United with a move for Lo Celso seems to be a little out of the blue, with the Red Devils thought to be keen on signing Portugal centre-mid, Bruno Fernandes, who has also been linked with Spurs.

With reports emanating today that Spurs will not be following up their interest in Fernandes, the reports linking United to Lo Celso could perhaps be the Spanish side trying to extract more cash out of Spurs’ wallet, especially considering that 20 percent of any transfer fee will go to Lo Celso’s former club, PSG.

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