VILLARREAL are reportedly on the verge of signing Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso on a season-long loan.
Since returning to North London last month, he has been ‘banished’ from first-team training by Conte along with Tanguy Ndombele, Sergio Reguilon and Harry Winks.
The 53-year-old told him that he must find another club before the transfer window closes next month.
And now, following a period of negotiations, the midfielder is set for another return to La Liga.
According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Lo Celso will rejoin Villarreal on a season-long loan.
The Argentina international is currently in Spain to complete the deal.
There is no buy option attached to the contract, but Tottenham will have the chance to interrupt the loan in January in case a permanent bid is made.
Lo Celso signed a five-year deal when he joined Spurs from Real Betis in 2020.
However, following the arrival of Yves Bissouma – who made a £25million move from Brighton at the start of the transfer window – he was deemed unlikely to feature in the first-team this season.
He is now set to return to the Estadio de la Ceramica, where he spent the second half of last season on loan.
During that time he scored one goal and assisted one in 21 appearances for Villarreal.
He also played a crucial role in helping the club to the Champions League semi-final.