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Giovani Lo Celso has Tottenham future in doubt as Villarreal plot to extend deal

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Villarreal are reportedly keen to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Lo Celso after a string of impressive performances on loan. 

Lo Celso joined the Yellow Submarine in January on a loan deal lasting until the end of the season. The Argentinian midfielder has impressed during his brief spell in Spain, and played a vital role in Villarreal reaching the Champions League semi-finals. Now, Unai Emery wants to land Lo Celso permanently once the transfer window is open.

According to Estadio Deportivo, Villarreal want to arrange a deal with Spurs to keep Lo Celso at the club. However, the initial loan deal does not have an option to buy him outright once the loan move is finished.

This means the Spanish club will have to negotiate a deal from scratch with Spurs for his services.

Lo Celso struggled to settle down in England. Across three seasons, the midfielder made 55 Premier League appearances – and only managed to contribute one goal and three assists.

That being said, the former Real Betis man is also reportedly keen on a move away from North London.

But despite all parties being interested, a transfer may not be straightforward. Having paid £27.2m for Lo Celso, Spurs are believed to want in the region of €50m for his services.

Tottenham expert believes Villarreal have Giovani Lo Celso money

However, Spurs insider John Wenham believes Villarreal will be able to afford Lo Celso following their Champions League success.

Wenham, who regularly breaks Spurs news on social media, believes that the prize fund from a semi-final finish will be enough to land the Argentinian permanently.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “People are saying they can’t afford him but we got plenty of money when we got to the Champions League final.

“They made the semis and will get a very decent chunk of broadcast money and prize money.

“They will be getting £60m or £70m from that alone. I can’t see them struggling to come up with the £35m it will take to sign Lo Celso, I’m almost certain that will happen.”

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Chelsea takeover: Todd Boehly makes Mount, James contract calls as exciting transfer plan outlined

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Prospective new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly and his consortium have reportedly made fresh contracts for Reece James and Mason Mount a priority.

The Blues have faced an uncertain few months following the sanctions on previous owner Roman Abramovich. The situation has affected every aspect of the club, from fans’ attendance to player retention.

Indeed, key centre-back Antonio Rudiger has decided to move on as a free agent to Real Madrid. He grew frustrated at waiting for Chelsea, who still cannot tie players to new deals.

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel for the Stamford Bridge club. LA Dodgers chief Boehly is leading a group who have agreed terms to take Chelsea over.

And according to the Daily Mail, player contracts will subsequently be high on the investment agenda.

Indeed, Boehly, Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Hansjorg Wyss are ready to offer James and Mount new deals.

The England internationals rose through Chelsea‘s academy and have become a vital part of Thomas Tuchel’s team.

And partly because of the connection with the academy, the Blues want the pair on bumper new deals.

Mount’s current deal runs out in the summer of 2024 after he last signed on the dotted line in July 2019. James, meanwhile, last penned a new deal in 2020. His terms therefore expire in 2025.

Right wing-back James has made himself a crucial part of manager Thomas Tuchel’s system. Attacking midfielder Mount has scored 12 goals and assisted 15 others in 50 appearances this season.

Boehly plans key Chelsea talks

The Daily Mail adds that Boehly will pursue ‘A-list’ signings this summer.

At least one new centre-back is a key transfer mission, with Andreas Christensen leaving alongside Rudiger.

Boehly will in fact begin work on Chelsea’s summer spending this week. He will first look to meet with Tuchel to get the coach’s thoughts.

Boehly will also ask current transfer chief Marina Granovskaia and technical advisor Petr Cech for advice.

Blues need to get back on track

Chelsea came into the current season full of optimism following their Champions League triumph last season.

And they looked firm Premier League title challengers alongside Manchester City and Liverpool in the first few weeks of the season.

While the developments in Russia and Ukraine – and how they have affected Chelsea – could not have been predicted, the Blues need to refocus.

They can start by winning the FA Cup final next weekend, their second cup final clash of the campaign against Liverpool.

Indeed, Chelsea lost to the Reds on penalties in the Carabao Cup showpiece in February.

From there, Chelsea need a strong summer in the transfer market, addressing the issues at centre-back. Only then can they look towards putting up a proper fight for the Premier League title, which they have not won since 2017.

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Sam Johnstone future latest: Tottenham to win race as reasons for Man Utd reluctance emerge

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Tottenham Hotspur are set to win the race to sign out-of-contract West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone this summer, according to a report.

The England international decided to run down his contract at the Hawthorns, making him available for free once the season has ended. A number of clubs were said to be interested, including Manchester United. However, it seems another top six club is now favourite to land the shot-stopper.

According to The Mirror, Spurs are set to sign Johnstone once his contract is finished.

The north London club are in need of some quality back-up for Hugo Lloris. Approaching 36 years of age, reinforcement is needed for someone who could take first-choice spot in the not-so-distant future.

Tottenham‘s current back-up is Pierluigi Gollini, who has been restricted to cup games this season. What’s more, he is only on loan from Atalanta and is unlikely to stay in London.

However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy views Johnstone as someone with higher quality that can go head-to-head with Lloris for a spot in the team.

Johnstone has spent the last four years with West Brom and has been consistent between the sticks throughout.

However, he was left out the Baggies squad for the last five games of the season. Boss Steve Bruce decided to stand down the England keeper, accepting he would leave at the end of the season.

“With five games left, it’s only right that David Button plays,” Bruce told BBC Sport.

Sam Johnstone unlikely target for Man Utd return

There had been rumours that Man Utd were keen on landing Johnstone for free.

The keeper was first-choice for United’s academy in 2011, however, failed to make a league appearance for the club.

After a number of loan spells, Johnstone finally secured a permanent move to West Brom in 2018.

But following news Johnstone would not be renewing his contract in West Midlands, Man Utd reportedly had Johnstone back on their radar.

Now, it is believed his former club have pulled out the race for his signature. The board at Man Utd are believed to be happy with David De Gea and Dean Henderson already on their books.

The club believe that recruiting in other positions during the summer should be seen as more of a priority.

Indeed, incoming new manager Erik ten Hag faces a massive rebuilding job. Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Brighton made that even more crystal clear and the new boss is eyeing up a new centre-back, midfielder and striker.

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TRANSFER GOSSIP – MARCOS ALONSO IN BARCELONA MOVE

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Marcos Alonso has reportedly decided to leave Chelsea for Barcelona to follow in his father’s footsteps.

The Blues left-back initially developed in Real Madrid’s academy and moved to Stamford Bridge from Fiorentina in 2016.

But after six years in London, his future is unclear. He is also preparing to enter the final year of his Chelsea contract.

Reports in the past few weeks have claimed that Alonso has his heart set on moving back to Spain.

Furthermore, a move to Barcelona is his priority and negotiations are ongoing. According to The Mirror, Alonso’s big reason for wanting to move to Barca is to try to emulate his father.

Marcos Alonso Pena played for the Camp Nou club between 1982 and 1987 as an attacking midfielder and made 161 appearances for the club.

What’s more, he picked up 22 Spain caps in his career and so wants to take on the inspiration he has gained from his father.

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