Tottenham Hotspur are lining up an ambitious attempt to sign Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, according to The Daily Mail.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking to bolster his squad in the summer regardless of whether the club makes any further progress in the Champions League.
Getting past Ajax in the semi-finals could land Tottenham extra prize money and they are well placed to finish in the top four of the Premier League.
The Mail values both players at around £35 million and claims Pochettino has a transfer budget of £60 million.
However, he is also expected to offload players in order to finance moves for new arrivals with Kieran Trippier among those likely to leave and Christian Eriksen’s future uncertain.
Spurs came close to signing Grealish last summer but he has since put speculation about his future to one side by inspiring Dean Smith’s side into the Championship play-off positions.
The 23-year-old has scored six times in 30 appearances for the Villans this season but the club will struggle to hold onto him if they miss out on promotion.
Italy international Zaniolo arrived at Roma from Inter Milan in the summer and has starred this season, scoring six times in 33 appearances in all competitions.
The 19-year-old is a player with significant promise and may see Tottenham as an opportunity to further develop his game.
Spurs boss Pochettino has a reputation for helping young players make the most of their potential with Juan Foyth the latest example.
Both would give Tottenham exciting midfield options alongside the likes of Dele Alli and Eriksen – if the Dane stays at the club.