Tottenham: £70k-a-week Pochettino signing 'expected' to leave Hotspur Way

Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso is likely to join Villarreal, according to Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge.

The £70,000 per-week star has no future at Spurs and Bridge reckons he’ll eventually secure a return to Spain.

What’s the latest news involving Lo Celso?

Lo Celso was signed by Mauricio Pochettino three years ago on a loan deal, before joining permanently five months later for £27.2m from Real Betis.

But the Argentina international has never quite hit the heights that were expected of him following his arrival in the Premier League. Lo Celso has started just 28 games in the top-flight, with his overall record an incredibly disappointing one goal and three assists in 55 league appearances.

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As a result, the 26-year-old was loaned out to Villarreal in January after falling down the pecking order under Antonio Conte and could now return to the Estadio de la Ceramica.

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According to Fabrizio Romano, the Spanish outfit are confident of sealing a deal for Lo Celso, who’s set to undergo another round of talks with the Yellow Submarines in the coming days.

What did Bridge say about Lo Celso?

Following weeks of speculations surrounding his future, Bridge is confident Lo Celso will end up linking up with Unai Emery’s side permanently, although he’s unsure what the future holds for teammate Sergio Reguilon.

He told GIVEMESPORT: “Lo Celso, I expect him to sign for Villarreal. Reguilon, I expected him to go to Sevilla, but with them getting Alex Telles, I don’t really know what goes on with him there.”

How did Lo Celso perform at Villarreal last season?

Despite spending the majority of his loan spell playing up front, Lo Celso’s attacking output was once again extremely underwhelming.

Across his 21 appearances, 17 of which were from the start, the ex-PSG ace scored just once and laid on one assist for his teammates.

Despite his lack of goal contributions, Emery is clearly rates Lo Celso, highlighted by the fact he played every minute of their quarter-final and semi-final Champions League clashes with Bayern Munich and Liverpool.

In Lo Celso’s defence, he was the club’s sixth-best player in Europe last term, according to WhoScored. He made the second-most tackles (2.8) behind Juan Foyth, while he also showed he can influence proceedings at the other end of the pitch by averaging the second-most key passes in the squad every outing (1.3).

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