BAYERN MUNICH look to steal Tottenham’s top transfer target Giovani Lo Celso – as the Real Betis star is eyed by the Bundesliga champions.
The in-demand Argentine, 23, is also on the radar of Manchester United, with Spurs initially leading the race.
However, it’s claimed the North Londoners were put off by the staggering £60million asking price.
The playmaker has reportedly told Betis he wants to join Spurs, but could now have his head turned after Bayern expressed their interest.
Lo Celso was on loan from at the Spaniards from Paris Saint-Germain last term and scored 15 times before the club exercised their option for a £20m permanent move.
Even without playing a single more game, Lo Celso could be on his way with Betis making a massive profit.
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Lo Celso, although also holding an Italian passport, has made 19 appearances for Argentina’s senior team.
He does have an £88m release clause in his contract, with Betis holding out for a fee close to that amount.
Earlier this summer, reports claimed Tottenham had a £53m bid for Lo Celso rejected.
Mauricio Pochettino is keen to land his man too, as he is seen as a direct replacement Christian Eriksen – who seems set to move to Real Madrid.
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The great Dane, 27, has one year left on his current contract and Spurs could be forced to sell to avoid losing him for free next year.
Bayern are set to go all out for Lo Celso though, particularly as it looks to become more and more clear long-term target Callum Hudson-Odoi would be staying at Chelsea.
The Bundesliga champions have already completed deals for Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard and Jann-Fiete Arp this summer.
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