Spurs are targeting Aouar and Pellegrini

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Tottenham have been linked with moves for Roman Lorenzo Pellegrini and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar as they look to add a new creative midfielder to their ranks this summer.

Spurs are in rebuilding mode after the arrival of Nuno Espirito Santo and look set to confirm Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu as their first major signing.

But the operative word there is first, as the Japanese star is expected to be the first of many new faces to arrive at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the coming weeks.

How Nunos Tottenham will play at the beginning of the season 21/22 will be fascinating. A potential change to the system should give some forgotten players a clean slate at the club.

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Santo wants various improvements on the side that almost completely missed Europe last season, and while another defender is high on the agenda, they also want to strengthen in the middle of the park.

Aouar has been a long-reported target for almost every major club in the Premier League, and news of Tottenham’s recent interest comes from Julien Laurens. The 23-year-old has been a regular source of goals and assists for Lyon in recent seasons and has contributed directly to 63 goals in 171 appearances and is expected to move on sooner rather than later.

Even though he only had two years to work on his contract, Spurs are working on a budget, and Aouar would not be cheap. A more affordable target could be Pellegrini, which The Athletic has identified as another possible alternative.

He missed the Italian squad that won Euro 2020, mainly due to Roberto Mancini’s insane midfield depth, but enjoyed a very productive season in Rome and sees worth every penny of the € 30 million (£ 26 million) release clause in his contract.

A move for either, however, may depend on the player’s sales. Despite the desire to strengthen, Spurs’ Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks count among their stacked midfield vines and may need to move on one or two before they can motivate to add more.

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