Tottenham Hotspur have submitted an improved bid for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, per Football Insider.
The report claims that Spurs are willing to “smash their transfer record” to secure the 23-year-old, who has enjoyed an outstanding season in Spain.
The bid is reported to be worth £60m, a major increase on their current record purchase, which stands at the £42m paid for defender Davinson Sanchez.
Lo Celso scored 16 goals in 2018-19 while also laying on six assists; five of those goals came in just seven Europa League games.
And Spurs are attempting to persuade Betis to do business for the Argentina international, who has won 12 caps for his country.
Lo Celso’s current release clause stands at £88m but Football Insider report that Spurs are hopeful the Spanish club will do business for less.
Lo Celso is clearly an excellent footballer with the ability to score goals and provide assists for his team-mates.
But he also has a competitive streak.
He collected ten yellow cards in all competitions last term, two more than any Spurs player. Danny Rose picked up the most for the north London club, with eight, while Harry Kane and Erik Lamela both had six to their name.
It is a problem that Lo Celso must fix, particularly in the Premier League, if he is to adapt to life under Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentine clearly wants to improve the quality of his starting XI and a move for the Liga star would certainly do that, but he simply has to work on his discipline if a transfer is to be deemed a success.