Manchester United interested in £53m Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso?


Reports suggest that Manchester United have joined the race to sign Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso in the summer, with bidding set to start at £53million.

Manchester United have confirmed that midfielder Ander Herrera will be leaving the club at the end of the season after spending five seasons at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils already struggled with a lack of midfield options last season, so this issue is only about to get worse for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Although the board has been reluctant to splash the cash in recent transfer windows, Herrera’s departure may force them to act now – and reports suggest that they already are.

According to Spanish outlet Marca, United are considering a move for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso this summer.

Betis signed the Argentina international on loan from Paris Saint-Germain last summer for an initial fee of £2.63m. He went on to score nine goals and register five assists in La Liga last season.

Impressed by his performances, the Spanish club decided to make the move permanent by paying his £19.35m transfer clause in April.

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However, Betis are already prepared to let their player go as they look to triple the fee they paid PSG in the summer transfer window.

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly opened the bidding for the 23-year-old with an offer of £52.8million – which would net Betis a nifty profit.

With United now joining the race to sign Lo Celso, this fee could rise even further, especially with the likes of Real Madrid also currently monitoring the Argentinian’s situation.

The Red Devils may be at a disadvantage compared to the other clubs eyeing the midfielder, as they will be playing in the Europa League next season, whereas Tottenham and Madrid managed to secure places in the Champions League group stages.

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Nevertheless, Lo Celso excelled in the Europa League for Betis last season, scoring five goals in just seven appearances in the competition, meaning he could be a better fit at Old Trafford.