Tottenham in discussion to sell player admired by Lionel Messi before deadline

Hugo Lloris left the club on a permanent deal, joining Los Angeles FC, while Eric Dier headed to Bayern Munich on loan. Sergio Reguilon and Ivan Perisic were other high-profile departures, joining Brentford and Hajduk Split respectively on temporary deals. A lesser scrutinised loan deal centred around Alejo Veliz, who made a deadline day switch to Sevilla for the rest of the season. The 20-year-old has scored once since his £13million move from Rosario Central in the summer, but is seemingly a player for the future as far as Messi is concerned.

According to the Mirror, Spurs are in talks with Galatasaray over midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, who now appears out in the cold under Postecoglou since James Maddison returned to full fitness. The Turkish transfer window doesn’t close until Friday, and having only made four Premier League starts this season, Lo Celso is reportedly open to the switch. He may have had his sights set higher when initially linked with a transfer last season, after Messi recommended him to Barcelona. Fans however, are unlikely to lament the potential of a transfer to the Turkish Super Lig.

Lo Celso initially joined on a season-long loan deal from Real Betis, before making the deal permanent in 2020. But the four years since have included two temporary moves to Villarreal. Indeed, the ex-PSG man has managed just 59 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham, the majority of which have come from the bench, scoring nine times.

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