Tottenham Hotspur insider John Wenham has claimed that Fabio Paratici could complete a swap deal with Villarreal for Pau Torres, with Giovani Lo Celso going the other way.
The Lowdown: Lo Celso impressing at Villarreal
After joining the La Liga outfit on loan in January, the 26-year-old has gone on to make a great impression with his new side, having been awarded player of the match in Villarreal’s shock 1-0 win against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last week.
As a result, a number of rumours have arisen linking the Argentina international with a permanent move to the Spanish club.
This comes amid Spurs’ interest in Torres, after the north London club failed in their pursuit of signing the centre-back last summer.
A recruitment source recently revealed to Football Insider that, once again, the 25-year-old is on Tottenham’s radar ahead of a potential summer swoop.
The Latest: Wenham’s claim…
Wenham has suggested that Tottenham and Villarreal could come to an agreement over a swap deal for the two players.
Speaking with Football Insider, he claimed: “I think Villarreal are likely to agree a deal for Lo Celso. They actually have several players who are of interest to Tottenham.
“There is no clause in that [Lo Celso] deal but Fabio Paratici likes a swap deal so I’m sure we could work something out there.
“There is previous interest in Pau Torres, he is someone who we have looked at before.
“Danjuma is in great form and they have a good young talent in Yeremi. That is definitely an option we could take.”
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The Verdict: Could be a great deal for Spurs
Given Torres’ label as the long-term successor for Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid, it is clear that his arrival at Hotspur Way would be an incredible piece of business for Paratici to pull off.
However, a swap deal between the pair seems unlikely given the differences in their respective transfer values. Torres has a current market value of £45m, whereas Lo Celso is worth just £19.8m.
Therefore, unless Spurs are going to cough up a vast sum alongside the midfielder, the proposed swap deal does not appear feasible.
Either way, it appears that Lo Celso will sign a permanent deal with Villarreal ahead of next season, where he appears to be having a better time of things than he did in north London.
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