Sign in a heartbeat: Poch wants to take these three attacking players to Tottenham this summer - report
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham would not hesitate in grabbing the opportunity to sign any member of Monaco’s brilliant forward line, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim Spurs would be willing to sign one of Bernardo Silva, Thomas Lemar or Kylian Mbappe “in a heartbeat” if a deal could be done.
The three attack-minded players were integral to Monaco’s stunning Champions League defeat of Manchester City and march to the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite competition.
The Standard report the difficulties for Tottenham in signing outstanding young players with a budget and salary structure dwarfed by those of rival Premier League clubs.
Spurs have overhauled their recruitment operation in a bid to be first to the next crop of outstanding young talent, following the much-publicised exit of Paul Mitchell, who resigned last August and is currently on gardening leave.
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Forward Mbappe, 18, is the talk of Europe following his stunning breakthrough at Monaco, scoring 19 goals and supplying 11 assists in 32 matches this season.
Right-winger Silva, 22, has also made a huge impact for the French club, with his 44 appearances yielding nine goals and 10 assists.
Left-winger Lemar, 21, is the third member of the electrifying young trio who has linked up so well with veteran front man Radamel Falcao, scoring 11 goals and supplying 10 assists in 42 matches.
Spurs have identified the Monaco trio as emerging stars who would immediately strengthen a starting XI on course to secure a second consecutive top-four Premier League finish.
Tottenham consolidated their place in the top four when they beat Southampton 2-1 in the Premier League at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli (penalty) enabled Pochettino’s side to remain at second in the table, although they are a distant 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
In other Tottenham news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.