Betis close in on Lo Celso deal after Rafinha move breaks down

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The Argentina international has travelled to Spain to complete a move to the Liga outfit having fallen down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel

Real Betis are in advanced talks to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Giovani Lo Celso on a season-long loan deal, Goal understands.

The five-time capped Argentina international has flown to Spain to put the finishing touches on his move to the Liga outfit having struggled to break into the first team at Parc des Princes.

Betis will have the option to make the move permanent next summer should they wish, though it would cost them €30 million (£27.3m/$35m) to do so.

The Andalusian club had hoped to secure a deal to sign Barcelona midfielder Rafinha before the closure of the transfer window on Friday, but talks have broken down with the Blaugrana over the move.

And as such their attention has now switched to 22-year-old Lo Celso as Quique Setien prepares his side for a season in which they will return to European competition via the Europa League.

Lo Celso has played 54 matches for Ligue 1 champions PSG in all competitions since arriving from Rosario Central in 2016, scoring six goals and laying on nine assists in the process.

He has struggled for regular minutes, however, with the likes of Adrien Rabiot and Marco Verratti ahead of him in the pecking order.

The arrival of Lassana Diarra in January added further competition for places at the heart of the Parisiens' midfield while Marquinhos - a central defender by trade - started alongside Rabiot in a 3-4-1-2 system for Saturday's win over Angers.

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"Lo Celso, I do not know if it's a possibility for him to sign in another club or to be loaned. I'm not able to confirm it," manager Thomas Tuchel told a press conference on Friday morning.

Lo Celso still has three years left on his current contract in the French capital but now looks set to depart Tuchel's squad in the final hours of the summer window.


 

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