ABC Sevilla print edition (24/11/22 broadcast by Sport Witness) has revealed that Real Betis and Paris Saint-Germain are in the middle of a legal battle over the transfer of Giovani Lo Celso to Tottenham Hotspur on 2019.
Lo Celso initially joined Betis on loan from PSG in the summer of 2018, with the La Liga club making the move permanent in 2019 before selling the midfielder to Spurs in the same summer.
ABC Sevilla reveals that, according to the deal for the transfer of the Argentine to Betis, PSG was entitled to receive 25 percent of the profits from the future sale of the player.
It is understood that Tottenham initially signed Lo Celso on loan with an option to buy before making the deal permanent in January 2020, with the total cost of the operation being 48 million euros (41.2 million pounds sterling).
The report says Betis paid 25% of the transfer fee to the Parisians but did not pay the same percentage of the loan fee they received from Spurs for Lo Celso.
As a result, PSG claim the Spanish club still owes them €2.6 (£2.2m) plus five per cent interest, with the Ligue 1 club approaching the Court of Sports Arbitration. [CAS] to resolve the dispute.
It is explained that CAS already held a hearing on the matter in November 2021 and a second hearing will be held before December 31, 2022.
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It appears as though Betis’ decision to offload Lo Celso to Spurs before making the move permanent may have been a ploy to reduce the fee owed to PSG, leading the Ligue 1 club to accuse the Spanish club of gambling dirty. .
Either way, this does not affect Tottenham in any way, as the dispute appears to relate to the nature of the sell-on clause agreed between PSG and Betis during Lo Celso’s switch from France to Spain.
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Source: Report: Court hearing over player’s transfer to Spurs expected in December – Spurs Web