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‘Chances’ of Tottenham duo leaving for Spain are ‘growing’, could facilitate bid for Chelsea star

Italian journalist Rudy Galetti has reported on Tribal Football that the ‘chances’ of Tottenham duo Gio Lo Celso and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg leaving for Spain are ‘growing’ – and it could facilitate a bid of their own.

Hojbjerg has dropped down the Spurs hierarchy this year as Yves Bissouma and Pape Matar Sarr have a strong midfield partnership. Oliver Skipp is still employed by the club. The Dane might walk away.

According to Galetti, the ex-Bayern Munich and Southampton player is ‘always interested’ in joining Atletico Madrid, and a January transfer is anticipated. A loan return to Spain for Lo Celso appears highly plausible.

According to the writer, Spurs eliminating them from consideration and bringing in some cash for their services will make it easier to sign Conor Gallagher from Chelsea. Despite a £40 million bid, he is still a goal.

On the final day of the transfer window, The Mail reported that Spurs had made a £40 million offer for Gallagher, who played regularly for Chelsea under Mauricio Pochettino. But because the Blues demanded £45m, a transfer did not take place.

Galetti: Chances of Lo Celso and Hojbjerg leaving are growing

Lo Celso has to get moving. With Ange Postecoglou in charge, there may have been some fleeting hope that he could launch his career at Tottenham, but James Maddison’s form has quickly dispelled that.

Hojbjerg lacks the dynamism Postecoglou’s side needs in the park’s center. Skipp does, but Bissouma and Sarr have excelled. Hojbjerg might fit in well if he moved to Spain or Italy.

It would be fantastic business for Spurs if they could secure some money for both midfielders and use it to sign Gallagher in January. Chelsea will, though, undoubtedly want to preserve their England star.


Spurs v Liverpool VAR official confirmed to return in game this weekend

The official was removed from the next round of fixtures after Spurs vs Liverpool

This weekend, Darren England, a Premier League official, will officiate his first match since the contentious mistake during Tottenham vs. Liverpool.

Despite replays plainly demonstrating that Luis Diaz was being played onside, England, who was on VAR duty for the match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, mistakenly disallowed Luis Diaz’s opening goal for being offside.

The uproar forced England and his assistant Dan Cook to miss their subsequent games, although the league has confirmed that they will return.

For Brentford’s matchup with Burnley, England has been named the fourth official, and Cook has been named Michael Oliver’s assistant for Sheffield United’s matchup with Manchester United.

PGMOL chief Howard Webb has since spoken about the incident since the audio of the VAR blunder was released and Webb insists that the protocol was followed.

“They considered whether they could intervene to stop the game but they recognised that the laws of the game, set by FIFA and the IFAB, doesn’t allow that,” he said.

“There’s obviously a process in place that sits in the laws of the game about how we use VAR to make sure it is delivered consistently throughout every league in the world. And it doesn’t allow you to go back in those circumstances. As such they decided not to intervene.”

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