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Tottenham new boy Lo Celso out injured

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When it rains, it pours.

Tottenham Hotspur will be without new signing Giovani Lo Celso for the next few months as the attacking midfielder was injured while on international duty with Argentina.

Lo Celso, 23, came off injured in the 53rd minute of Argentina’s 0-0 friendly draw with Chile on Thursday in LA.

The playmaker, on loan from Real Betis this season, has injured his hip and will not return until the end of October at the earliest.

“Giovani Lo Celso has returned early to Hotspur Way after being withdrawn from the Argentina squad due to a hip injury,” Tottenham said in a statement. “The attacking midfielder sustained the injury during his national team’s match against Chile. He will now undergo a period of rehabilitation and is expected to return to training with the first team towards the end of October.”

Lo Celso has yet to settle at Spurs after his deadline day arrival from Real Betis, and he is seen as the long-term replacement for Christian Eriksen.

Luckily for Spurs, Eriksen didn’t leave during the summer transfer window and he, along with Erik Lamela, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son, will provide Mauricio Pochettino with plenty of options in the attacking midfield areas.

This is far from ideal for Lo Celso who obviously wants to hit the ground running in England, but it may give him some time to settle in, get to know the country and his new city and then focus on being a big player for Spurs in the second half of the season.

Premier League Preview: Man City v. Spurs

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The Premier League has a monumental match for the second-straight week, as champions Manchester City host Tottenham Hotspur in a tension-filled affair at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

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Both sides controlled play in opening day wins, though an early concession had Spurs facing blocks of defenders, and will be raring to meet the challenge at hand.

Mauricio Pochettino says Giovani Lo Celso will make his first match day 18 for Spurs, though he will not start; Jan Vertonghen may return to the Starting XI.

As for City, Fernandinho is fit and Bernardo Silva may also make his season debut after missing the opener with a minor injury.


Projected lineups

Man CityEderson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko; Rodri, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva; Jesus, Aguero, Sterling

Spurs: Lloris; Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Winks, Ndombele, Sissoko; Eriksen, Moura, Kane.


What they’re saying

Guardiola on whether Raheem Sterling is the top attacker in the league: “There are many and he’s one of them. Look at the top six teams and you will find many, many players. The premier League is incredible. We have many but even still. I didn’t watch all the other games but Sterling has played good from the beginning and been clinical. We want more. Everybody wants more and he wants more. It was just the first game.”

Spurs on chasing the champsWe are going to fight again this season against ourselves to try to improve our balance. If we analyze the last five years we always improve every season in different things but in the Premier League I think we decrease in our performance or in the points we got. That is our challenge, to improve ourselves. To improve our numbers in the Premier League. Of course in Europe we have improved and become more competitive and got to the final of the Champions League.


Prediction

City lost exactly one home match last season, a 3-2 thriller with Palace on Dec. 22. Take that out, and they allowed nine goals in 18 wins; Nine were clean sheets and they did not trail aside from the Palace match.

That said, Spurs have experience scoring at the Etihad from that 4-3 second-leg Champions League thriller in April.

We expect a special tactical treat, and goals: Man City 2-1.

Tottenham sign Giovani Lo Celso, Sessegnon

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Tottenham Hotspur have pounced to make two signings on transfer Deadline Day.

They have their new playmaker and they have a new star in the making too.

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Spurs have been chasing Paulo Dybala, Bruno Fernandes and Philippe Coutinho in the last few days, but they’ve signed the man they’ve been after all summer long.

Giovani Lo Celso has signed for Spurs from Real Betis, initially joining on a season-long loan.

The deal for the Argentine international is expected to be made permanent next summer for a fee of $65 million.

Lo Celso, 23, will be the like-for-like replacement for Christian Eriksen, who is set to leave later this summer with the transfer window open until the start of September for most European clubs.

His silky skills and wand of a left foot will mean he is the perfect replacement for Eriksen who has repeated his desire to seek a fresh challenge away from Tottenham.

Spurs have also announced the signing of Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham, with the 19-year-old finally moving across London after a lengthy pursuit.

Tottenham have chased the England youth international for several years and he has joined Spurs for a fee believed to be in the region of $33 million with Josh Onomah joining Fulham as part of the deal.

Sessegnon will compete with Danny Rose and Ben Davies for the left back spot, with the youngster able to play as a winger too.

Transfer Deadline Day moves: Luiz, Tierney to Arsenal; Lo Celso, Zaha latest

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Plenty of deals are being lined up on Deadline Day across the Premier League, so now seems like a good time to round up the transfers developing in the final few hours of the window.

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Below is an update on what is going on, right now:

  • David Luiz, Kieran Tierney having medical at Arsenal
  • Everton aim to sign Wilfried Zaha, Marcos Rojo
  • Leicester City agree fee for Sampdoria’s Dennis Praet
  • Tottenham close to signing Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso
  • Brighton close in on Aaron Mooy
  • Andy Carroll could head to Newcastle on free transfer
  • Burnley close in on loan move for Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater
  • Southampton’s Charlie Austin heading to either West Brom or Bristol City
  • Man City to sign veteran goalkeeper Scott Carson

The big deals in the list include David Luiz and Kieran Tierney heading to Arsenal, with both having medicals at the Gunners. Luiz, 32, is expected to complete a shock $10  million move from Chelsea, while left back Tierney will arrive from Celtic after Arsenal’s summer-long pursuit looks set to end in a $30 million purchase of the 22-year-old.

While Everton aim to bring in Zaha and Rojo to strengthen at both ends of the pitch. Zaha trained alone at Crystal Palace on Thursday, but it will be a race against time for the Toffees to seal this move.

Tottenham are set to be busy with Fulham youngster Sessegnon having a medical and a deal agreed for Lo Celso to arrive in England from Real Betis.

One of the surprise deals of the day is Andy Carroll heading back home to Newcastle United. The injury-hit forward is a free agent after leaving West Ham last month but Carroll, 30, has a strong desire to play for his hometown club and Newcastle can take their time on this deal as he is a free agent.

Leicester have agreed a fee with Sampdoria for Belgian midfielder Praet, as Brendan Rodgers spends some of that Harry Maguire money.

Charlie Austin is leaving Southampton, with both West Brom and Bristol City from the Championship wanting to seal a permanent deal. Danny Drinkwater is set to swap Chelsea for Burnley, initially on loan. Huddersfield and Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy is close to signing for Brighton.

Tottenham and USMNT defender Cameron Carter-Vickers looks set to sign for Stoke City on yet another loan deal from Spurs.

Transfer rumor roundup: Spurs get Lo Celso, Sessegnon; Luiz to Arsenal

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A roundup of Wednesday’s biggest transfer rumors from around the world, including those involving a few Premier League clubs, less than 24 hours before Thursday’s deadline at 5 p.m. ET…

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We’ll wait to see where they fall on the scale of “winners and losers,” but Tottenham Hotspur has undoubtedly been the busiest club ahead of the deadline, according to reports from dozens of outlets from more than a handful of countries. We’ll start there.

According to the BBC, a fee has finally been agreed with Real Betis for 23-year-old midfielder Giovani Lo Celso. This one has been dragging on the entire summer. Perhaps we’ll soon find out which side caved, but don’t count on it being Daniel Levy.

Whether or not it’s related to Lo Celso, Spurs have also ended their pursuit of Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho. Paulo Dybala: also off. Manchester United’s pursuit of Christian Eriksen is also reportedly over.

From the same report, Spurs are also negotiating with 19-year-old left back Ryan Sessegnon, who spent last season in the PL with Fulham before being relegated. Both deals are expected to be completed and announced ahead of Thursday’s deadline.


Arsenal’s desperate need for a center back is yet to be addressed, but there’s a last-minute rumor doing the rounds that Chelsea’s David Luiz sits high atop the Gunners’ list. Luiz’s current contract runs two more seasons. The 32-year-old Brazilian didn’t take part in any part of Chelsea training on Wednesday.


According to Sky Sports, Wilfried Zaha handed in an official transfer request as he makes one final effort to force through a move to Everton.

The Toffees were also reportedly rejected in bids for Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) and Chris Smalling (Manchester United).