Tottenham are plotting an improved offer for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, according to reports.
The Argentinian midfielder is one of Mauricio Pochettino’s prime targets this summer amid concern that playmaker Christian Eriksen will depart north London.
And according to the Mirror, after an initial bid worth £53million was rejected by the La Liga side, Spurs will return with an improved offer.
Betis are reportedly holding out for a fee close to the former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder’s £88.9m release clause.
His excellent form during the second year of a two-year loan from PSG has attracted interest from elsewhere and Betis are keen to turn a quick profit.
They took advantage of a permanent transfer clause in their loan deal back in April, believed to be worth around £19.8million, and after Lo Celso scored 16 goals and added six assists last season, the club are targeting a substantial profit.
Lo Celso is currently away with the Argentinian national squad and according to the report, Los Verdiblancos are hoping he will have an excellent Copa America alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, in order to spark a bidding war.
Spurs are surveying their options after Christian Eriksen declared he was ‘seeking something new’, amid reported interest from Real Madrid, PSG and Manchester United.
But team-mate Jan Vertonghen expressed some hope that the Dane will reconsider his future.
‘Obviously when the transfer window starts there are a lot of rumours, but there were rumours last year and everyone stayed together, so I’m hopeful,’ he told Sky Sports News.
‘Christian is a great player. I have known him since he was 16, played with him since he was 16 or 17 [at Ajax]and I hope he’s with Tottenham next season. He’s an exceptional player.’