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LOWDOWN: Who is Manchester United Target Giovani Lo Celso?

As the transfer window rumours continue to rumble on, once again a player has been linked to Manchester United.

As the transfer window rumours continue to rumble on, once again a player has been linked to Manchester United.

Reports are emerging that Manchester United could join Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur in the race for Real Betis midfielder, Giovani Lo Celso and that the bidding as opened up at £53m.

Who is Giovani Lo Celso and why is he generating so must interest?

The 23-year-old Argentinian midfielder initially joined Real Betis from Paris Saint Germain on loan last summer, with Real Betis paying Lo Celso’s transfer clause of £19.35m in April making the move permanent. Lo Celso as had an impressive season having made 46 appearances, scoring 16 goals and 6 assists, so it’s not surprising he’s caught the eye of some European clubs.

If you are an attacking midfielder from the city of Rosario in North Eastern Argentina and favour you’re left foot, you’re in good company. Superstars like Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria were both born in the city and the next man of the production line of creators is Giovani Lo Celso.

An ex-teammate of Angel Di Maria, Lo Celso came through the ranks at Rosario central and, is now aiming to emulate that of his ex-teammate Di Maria and international team-mate Messi, by becoming a household name in European football. The 23-year-old youngster shot to prominence very quickly. He made his first-team debut for Central in July 2015 and after 45 games and some very promising performances, this prompted PSG to part with £8.5m to sign the promising attacking midfielder in July 2016.

This move came only just one year after Lo Celso made his first-team debut for Rosario Central. After signing for PSG, Lo Celso had to wait three months before making his anticipated debut in a cup tie against US Avranches. Lo Celso added four Ligue 1 appearances and impressed with some stunning displays, highlighting his potential and quality.

Lo Celso is a complete midfielder who can play both wide areas and centrally. However, his best position is behind the striker as a number 10 or as one of the more attacking midfielders in a three-man central midfield. He boasts a good passing range, and Lo Celso combination play is superb. The midfielder is very adept at linking play both with short passes and longer ones which makes him the ideal midfielder.

Lo Celso is sublime in the final third, finding through passes to create chances and thereby also goals, he also boasts a good shot which makes him a threat from a distance if he’s given space outside the penalty area.

Another good feature of his game and a feature that is sought by in modern football is his ability to beat his opponents in midfield by dribbling. With his close control and acceleration, this makes Lo Celso a difficult player to defend against as he can break the defensive lines of the opposition either by passing or dribbling through them.

His technical ability with the ball, coupled with his calmness when in possession also sees him become very resistant to pressure as he remains calm and in charge of the situation. Lo Celso’s speed, acceleration, balance, intelligence and technical ability make him an attacking player with a close to complete skill set, and a complete midfielder.

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