Real Betis goes for PSG’s Giovani Lo Celso ending Rafinha’s speculation
Barcelona fringe midfield player Rafinha was expected to make a move to Real Betis on a loan deal, but the bid failed as Real Betis signed a loan deal for PSG’s midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.
La Vanguardia reports, “PSG midfielder Giovani Lo Celso arrived in Seville on Friday morning to close his assignment for a season to Real Betis. The Spanish side will pay less than €2 million to PSG and take care of the salary of the player.
The Spanish outlet also add that arrival of Lo Celso ends any speculation of Rafael Alcantara “Rafinha” moving to Real Betis. Barcelona and Real betis were negotiating for a deal from many days, but it didn’t work out.
It is expected that Barcelona wants player to sign a new contract with the club before he was loaned to any club. Rafinha’s current contract with Barcelona expires at the end of 2019/20 season. Barcelona wants to make sure that they don’t lose player cheaply if his loan period turned out to be a fruitful one.
Meanwhile, Giovani Lo Celso will benefit from his loan transfer to Betis. He will get regular opportunity at Real Betis and it’s always a good sign for a young player. The Argentine midfielder is only 22 and he is highly admired by Argentinean FA.
Giovani Lo Celso was playing for Rosario Central before he made a move to PSG in January 2017. He appeared 54 times for PSG in official games scoring 6 goals and assisting 9 times. His arrival also made sure that Serbian midfielder Darko Brasanac will have to spend one more season on loan. He was loaned to Leganes last season and he’s expected to make a move to Alaves this time.
Lo Celso arrival gives Real Betis more width in their attack. William Carvalho, Andres Guardado, and Giovani Lo Celso is expected to start in midfield for Betis to support the attacking trio of Sergio Canales, Takashi Inui, and Loren Moron.
They have got some very good players on the bench as well. Former Barcelona winger Cristian Tello, veteran captain Joaquin, Antonio Sanabria, and Sergio Leon are great prospects from the bench.
How Quique Setien side future unfolds, we’ll have to see. But, they have got a very good squad on the paper. They are in Europe this season as well qualifying for the Europa League after finishing sixth last season on La Liga table. It’s going to be a big character test for them in the Europe.