Tottenham duo set to obstruct January transfer and do Postecoglou huge favour

Tottenham duo set to obstruct January transfer and do Postecoglou huge favour

manager may have to put the brakes on one of his players getting a dream move in January. Giovani Lo Celso is reportedly a wanted man, and a long-term injury to wonderkid Gavi has seen the Catalan giants ramp up their preparation to make a move for the Spurs midfielder.

Patience has been a key feature of Lo Celso’s stop-start spell in north London. Rarely a nailed-on starter, the Argentine was sent on loan to Villarreal for 18 months before returning to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to play back-up for James Maddison.

But with Maddison out until January, Lo Celso finally has a chance to impress under Postecoglou, a manager who has brought the best out of several previously underperforming Spurs stars. Barca could yet throw a spanner in the works, however.

According to Mundo Deportivo, La Liga have approved Barcelona’s request for more room on the wage bill to replace Gavi, who is ruled out for the remainder of the season.

As a result, manager Xavi has been given the ‘green light’ to move for the 27-year-old in January. Losing Lo Celso would be a crushing blow for Postecoglou, seeing as he is the only natural cover for Maddison in the No 10 role.

Midfield duo Yves Bissouma and Pape Matar Sarr could therefore do their manager a huge favour. Bissouma, a Mali international, and Sarr of Senegal are both due to miss the start of 2024 while competing in the Africa Cup of Nations.

At no point in his Tottenham career has Lo Celso registered that level of output, but a run of domestic action over the coming weeks will present him with an opportunity to show fans what he is capable of.

After all, the Londoners forked out a whopping £55million to sign him from Real Betis back in 2019 – initially on a temporary basis before making the move permanent – having shone for the La Liga side on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.