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Barcelona still retain interest in 27-year-old Tottenham playmaker, believe he can be a difference-maker



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Owing to a series of important fixtures lined up, Barcelona had set aside talks over their plans for the upcoming January transfer window.

While the arrival of Vitor Roque next month is finalised, the absence of Gavi for the next nine months once again opens up a debate at Barcelona about the signing of a new midfielder.

Manager Xavi Hernandez wanted to sign another interior midfielder in the summer, but it was not taken into account by the club, who did not see it as a priority. But, Gavi’s injury has opened up the discussion again.

Giovani Lo Celso remains an option

One name that continues to persist on Barcelona’s wishlist is Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, as per SPORT.

A player who already appeared on Xavi’s list in the summer, the 27-year-old was not playing much for Spurs this season, but things have changed for him recently, due to injuries at the club.

Lo Celso has scored two goals in his last two games vs Tottenham, including a point-saving equaliser against Manchester City on Sunday.

Lo Celso remains a target for Barcelona. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, he is the top assist-getter for Argentina behind Lionel Messi (11) and he made the decisive pass in Argentina’s last victory over Brazil last month – something that is not lost on Barcelona’s technical team.

Lo Celso can be a difference-maker

The report claims that at Barcelona, It is considered that Lo Celso is a player whose profile can only be compared to that of Pedri and that his addition could help the team’s play to break the predictability of their attacking moves.

In recent months, Barça have been predictable and have found it difficult to reach the opposition penalty area with ease, which is why they could prioritise the signing of a creative midfielder, something that Xavi understands.

Any move will be difficult, though, with Tottenham unlikely to let him go in light of their own injury problems and Barcelona’s financial situation.

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