Tottenham Hotspur could end up being one of the busier clubs in the transfer window this summer as they could lose players in both the midfield and defence.
Toby Alderweireld has been heavily linked with a move elsewhere, while Mousa Dembele could also be heading towards the exit door.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino will be determined to gather together a good enough squad that can challenge for top honours next season.
Expectations will be high given that the North London outfit will be competing in their brand new stadium, which has been built adjacent to White Hart Lane.
According to Foot Mercato, Spurs, who finished third in the Premier League table this season, are keeping tabs on Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina.
The 24-year-old moved to St Mary’s from Juventus last summer for a club-record fee of £15.4m, and went on to make 25 Premier League appearances, 20 of which were starts.
Lemina – valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt – predominantly plays as a defensive midfielder, but he also featured a handful of times for the Saints this season more centrally.
After the reports emerged, Tottenham fans tweeted their reactions, and they were fairly mixed.
Can see it now! Poch telling Levy we need to take risks and buy quality this summer to take us to the next level!! Levy: who shall we buy then?? Poch: Lemina #thfc #coys
— Richard Doherty (@rikdok) May 14, 2018
Always been a fan of him but he’s been underwhelming for Southampton this season.
— Joey (@joeydalziel) May 14, 2018
Need a player like him in the middle. Strong like Sissoko but can actually dribble and create plays.
— Christian Blackman (@chrisdb94) May 14, 2018
Not sure that’s the next level
— markmcallister (@markmac2004) May 14, 2018
I dont know how I feel about him. But to be honest with Moussa Dembele potentially on his way out, I think he might be useful but I dont know how to feel about him. Confused.
— KevinNash23 (@KevinSpurs23) May 14, 2018
Definitely the Dembele replacement, good player
— fred (@EtonSpurs) May 15, 2018
— Nathan Stannard (@NathanStannard) May 14, 2018
Don’t think he’s at a high enough level from what I have seen
— Harry C (@HazSpur92) May 14, 2018
it’ll a big signing for us…
— Anis (@dz_spurs) May 14, 2018
Surely we can do better than this?
— Mike Peters (@_mike_pete) May 14, 2018