Tottenham have made midfielder Giovani Lo Celso’s loan move from Real Betis permanent, completing a £27.2m transfer, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.
The Argentine midfielder joined Tottenham in August on loan but has now signed a contract for a reported fee of around £27 million (US$35 million), keeping him at the club until 2025.
“We are delighted to announce that we have exercised the option to convert the loan of Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis Balompie to a permanent transfer,” Spurs said in a statement on their website.
“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.”
The former Paris Saint-Germain player has made 20 appearances for Spurs this season, scoring two goals.
Lo Celso is a utility player for the national side and has made 20 appearances for the Albiceleste since making his debut in 2017. He began his career at Rosario Central, playing 57 times before moving to Paris in June 2016.
Tottenham also confirmed the departure of Christian Eriksen after agreement was reached with Inter Milan for the sale of the attacking midfielder.
“We wish Christian Eriksen well for the future,” the club said.
Eriksen played 226 games for Spurs since signing in 2013, but was out of contract in six months.
José Mourinho’s side are currently sixth in the Premier League, six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.