Giovani Lo Celso had an excellent loan at the. Villarreal In the middle of last season. Now, he is returning to the same club for another loan for the 2022-23 season. Both Villarreal and Tottenham Hotspur Lo Celso announced his season-long loan on social media.
Giovanni Lo Celso has joined La Liga club Villarreal for the 2022/23 season.
good luck, @LoCelsoGiovani!
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 14, 2022
Official, verified. Gio Lo Celso has joined Villarreal on loan until June 2023, a deal that was completed a few days ago with Tottenham and is now closed. #Villarreal
No purchase option included. pic.twitter.com/Tz6M5z4jyu
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 14, 2022
The biggest obstacle to sending Lo Celso to another club is always money, and that’s the case here. After several weeks of negotiations, the loan ended up being a straight loan without an option to buy, meaning Gio will return to Tottenham next summer if he stays for the duration of the loan.
However, Fabrizio Romano has previously reported that Tottenham have put a break on his loan deal, and if they can find a club that wants to buy Gion in January, they can do so without incurring any financial penalties. Given that most La Liga teams are struggling to sign players, that’s probably about all they can hope for.
It’s unclear whether Villarreal’s salary covers much, if not all, of Gio’s salary, or whether Spurs are subsidizing his salary to take it off their books. While this looks to be another year of Gio’s style down the road, if he impresses for Villarreal the way he did last spring, there’s a chance another club will be willing to pay the right amount for him in January or next summer.