Tottenham moved quickly to ensure they could announce the permanent signing of Giovani Lo Celso when confirming the departure of Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan. Both deals have been in the pipeline for the past few weeks, but have now been concluded in time for Friday’s deadline.
Tottenham said on their website: “We are delighted to announce that we have exercised the option to convert the loan of Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis Balompié to a permanent transfer. Gio has signed a contract with the Club until 2025.
“The midfielder has produced impressive performances after establishing himself in the team following a hip injury which restricted his playing time in the early part of his loan at the Club.
“A former player at Rosario Central and Paris Saint-Germain, Giovani has appeared in 20 games for us so far in all competitions and registered two goals, including netting the first FA Cup goal at our new stadium against Middlesbrough earlier this month.
“The Club can also confirm the departure of Christian Eriksen after agreement was reached with FC Internazionale Milano for the Denmark international’s transfer.
“He made 305 appearances for us following his move from Ajax in August, 2013, and scored 69 times.
“We wish Christian well for the future.”
Eriksen arrived at the club in the summer of 2013 from Ajax, for a fee of just £11.5million.
He has been an integral part of Tottenham’s development into a Champions League team.
His relationship with Mauricio Pochettino began to stagnate when he made it clear he was not interested in signing a new contract.
Last summer he had expressed his desire to move to Real Madrid, should the opportunity become available.
As for Lo Celso, Mourinho confirmed that the player had made up the club’s mind about a permanent deal with his performances.
“I think the boy is earning the decision [to sign him],” Mourinho said after the Argentine starred in the FA Cup at Southampton.
“He’s making an easy decision for the club to execute the option.
“Incredible evolution since I arrived. Barely played a game, I think he played against Red Star Belgrade, with me a little bit difficult to come in the first few weeks.
“But he understood what we wanted. Good learner, good kid.
“By himself he made the decision that the club is going to execute the option. That’s normal, he earned it.”