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Juventus are eyeing a double raid on Tottenham as they eye midfield duo Christian Eriksen and Nabil Bentaleb, Football Insider sources understand.
The Serie A champions are keeping close tabs on playmaker Eriksen, 24, and central midfielder Bentaleb, 21.
A source close to the situation has told Football Insider that Juventus have decided to closely monitor the situations of the Spurs pair.
The Italian club are long-time admirers of Eriksen and have been alerted by his failure to sign a new contact.
Bentaleb is also on the radar of Juve amid doubts over whether he will be at White Hart Lane next season. As revealed by Football Insider, Spurs will listen to offers for the Algeria international this summer even though he signed a lucrative five-year contract 10 months ago.
The Londoners value Bentaleb at around £10million and could be ready to cash in on a player who has been reduced to a fringe player this season.
Eriksen’s value would be around triple that of his younger colleague after he established himself as a key figure at White Hart Lane during his three seasons at the club.
The Denmark international started 30 of the team’s 35 Premier League matches this season and has scored six goals and supplied 12 assists.
Football Insider revealed in January that Eriksen had reached an agreement in principle on a new five-year deal worth £22.9million.
The attacking midfielder, whose current deal expires in 2018, has indicated to the club he will commit to a deal that will lift his salary to £80,000-a-week and run until 2021.
However, the contract has not yet been signed, which has prompted Juventus to make an enquiry through third parties about the player.
By contrast, Bentaleb has made just five Spurs starts in an injury-hit campaign after falling behind Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Ryan Mason even when fit.
Bentaleb signed a new five-year deal last July on vastly improved terms and is said to earn more than Harry Kane and Dele Alli, who have both had outstanding seasons and were named in the PFA Team of the Year this week.
Spurs have previously cashed in on their prized assets, such as Dimitar Berbatov, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, but Pochettino wants to keep the current squad together and develop a youthful and hugely promising group of players.
Other than simply keeping the squad together for Pochettino, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is well aware that the likes of Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Erik Lamela will be more valuable if they are tied to longer contracts.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has used one word to describe the potential of the youthful Spurs squad.