Will Tottenham Hotspur need to break transfer record again for Issa Diop?

Daniel Levy takes his seat in the stand for the game during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland at White Hart Lane on September 18, 2016 in London, England.

Highly-rated Ligue 1 star Issa Diop has been watched by Premier League duo Arsenal and Spurs, as well as La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Spurs player Davinson Sanchez in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22, 2017 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur obliterated their transfer record to sign Davinson Sanchez from Ajax last summer for a fee of £42 million, as reported by The Guardian.

The 21-year-old Colombian had emerged as one of the world’s most promising centre-back talents in 2016/17 as an Ajax side with wonderkids in every position stunned the continent to reach the final of the Europa League.

And since moving to Spurs, Sanchez has shown why he is so highly-rated. The number four might have endured a few nervy moments against Liverpool and Juventus but, for the most part, he has looked the epitome of the complete, modern-day defender.

One year on, however, will Tottenham break their transfer record once again to sign another 21-year-old centre-back?

Toulouse's French defender Issa Diop vies Nantes' Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala during the French L1 football match  Toulouse against Nantes January 17, 2018 at the Municipal Stadium...

Well, it depends how much Ligue 1 strugglers Toulouse will demand for their highly-rated skipper Issa Diop.

As reported by Mundo Deportivo, Spurs are among a number of huge European clubs, including Real Madrid, Barcelona and North London rivals Arsenal, who have sent scouts to watch Diop in action in recent months.

And they will not have been disappointed. Even when putting through his own net in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to PSG, the France U21 ace was excellent throughout and limited the world’s most expensive player Neymar to spectator status.

Interestingly, however, the now departed Toulouse coach Pascal Dupraz told RMC in the summer of 2017 that clubs would have to make an offer they can’t refuse in order to snatch Diop – possibly somewhere in the region of £44 million.

Toulouse's French defender Kelvin Amian (L) and Toulouse's French defender Issa Diop (C) vie with Angers' Cameroonian forward Karl Toko Ekambi (R) during the French L1 football match...

You don’t need us to tell you that this is more than Spurs invested in Sanchez.

Real Madrid and Barcelona won’t have any qualms about paying a huge fee, however, meaning Tottenham may be forced to offer top dollar to stay in the race.

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