Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Giovani Lo Celso is reportedly keen on a move to the north London club to work with Mauricio Pochettino – but is he what Spurs need right now?
The Mirror write that Lo Celso’s club Real Betis, for whom he only signed for permanently two months ago, will accept £70m for the player, with Spurs having had a bid of £50m plus £12m in add-ons knocked back.
The 23-year-old operates in the centre of midfield and is an attack-minded player in this position, using his low centre of gravity from his 5ft 10″ frame to run at and beat opposition players.
His stats from last season speak for themselves, with the Argentinian scoring 16 goals and providing five assists through all competitions.
In terms of productivity in front of goal from a midfield player, he could only really be compared to Christian Eriksen in the current Spurs squad, so would look to be an ideal replacement should the Dane leave for Real Madrid.
As well as the aforementioned skills, Lo Celso is known to be comfortable shooting from outside of the penalty area and firing off quick passes to team-mates in better positions, making him an all-round playmaker.
Signing the player would allow Pochettino to utilise England international Dele Alli further up the pitch, with Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min in the wide positions and Harry Kane up top.
However, for matches where Spurs are required to be more compact, Lo Celso may be sacrificed for Eric Dier or Victor Wanyama in the heart of the midfield, who are more defensively minded.
With the playmaker set to feature for Argentina in this month’s Copa America tournament, Spurs would be wise to finalise a deal before he has the chance to attract further interest in Brazil.
At just 23 he looks to be a bright young prospect, and a £70m outlay would allow room for Pochettino to add some further additions to his squad.