TOTTENHAM are preparing for a busy summer after they returned to the Champions League for the first time in three seasons.
Antonio Conte has urged Daniel Levy and the Spurs board to back him in the transfer market amid speculation the Italian could still decide to leave.
And the Lilywhites have already been linked with a variety of players.
Loan players Cristian Romero and Dejan Kulusevski will stay in north London after impressive results in the 2021/22 season.
But who else could walk through the door at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium? Here are five stars they’ve been linked to.
With his future at Manchester City up in the air following the arrival of Erling Haaland, Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Gabriel Jesus.
But Tottenham are also said to be interested now and will have the upper hand over their north London rivals as they can offer Champions League football.
Speaking about his future after the final game of the season, Jesus told ESPN Brazil: “My future is still uncertain.
“I have a contract with City and I have already expressed my wish to the City people and my agent. I have it in my head [a very clear idea of] what I want.
“Today I want to celebrate a lot with City. It’s obvious that I’m very happy here.
“Tomorrow, if all goes well for me, my wife and our family, [daughter] Helena will be born.
“So I have to seize this moment. Then think of the team, smile at the team again. And I’m on vacation [will] decide about my future.”
Raheem Sterling started 23 Premier League games for Manchester City during his title-winning season.
And while he has scored another 17 goals in all competitions, the England international has been linked with a move from Etihad.
The 27-year-old ace is heading into the final 12 months of his £300,000-a-week contract, having spent the last seven years at the Etihad.
And he plans to start thinking about his future once he finishes serving in England in mid-June.
Sterling’s biggest concern is that he may not play regularly after losing his place on the team earlier in the season.
While he regained it in the winter, he was on the bench for both games against Real Madrid in the Champions League and the final two games of the season.
And he will be concerned that the summer arrivals of Haaland and Julian Alvarez will add even more competition for places in Pep Guardiola’s squad.
Spurs is one of several clubs linked to him alongside Arsenal.
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Christian Eriksen’s return to the Premier League was one of the fairytale stories of the season.
Following his cardiac arrest at last summer’s Euros, some doubted he would be able to return to the form he showed for Tottenham and Inter Milan.
But since joining Brentford in January, the Dane has been a revelation. He recorded five goal contributions and led the Bees’ rise from the relegation zone.
He’s only signed a six-month deal with Brentford so now the top clubs in the Prem will be looking to step in for him.
And Spurs have been closely linked with Eriksen in what would be a fan-friendly return.
Asked if Spurs could sign Eriksen, Conte told Sky Sports: “Working with Christian again is definitely a fantastic opportunity.
“I enjoyed our time together at Inter Milan, although it was the first time he didn’t play regularly with me.
“But once I understood what I wanted from him, he played. We won a title together, the league in Italy.
“When you have that type of player, a great player, a good man, I think any manager, any coach would be happy to work with them.”
James Ward-Prowse is now the second most prolific free-kick taker in Premier League history, behind David Beckham.
But the Southampton captain is so much more than that and received recognition for his achievements by being nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award.
He scored 10 goals and provided five assists in the premier last season – numbers that become even more impressive when you consider Southampton’s struggles this season.
Tottenham were linked with his services in the summer but they face competition from Newcastle.
And Ralph Hasenhüttl isn’t under any pressure to sell with the England international’s four-year contract remaining.
Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence caught the eye of both Arsenal and Tottenham while on loan at Nottingham Forest this season.
The 21-year-old featured in Forest’s FA Cup win over the Gunners and has also proved a star in the Championship.
Arsenal and Tottenham appear to be leaders in securing his signature, but Manchester United are also said to be interested.
But Conte’s 3-5-2/3-4-3 formation places particular emphasis on full-backs and Spence could be just the kind of energy he’s looking for.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5409448/tottenham-signings-summer-transfer-man-city-jesus-sterling/ Five stars could sign Tottenham in the summer, including double Man City transfer raids for Gabriel Jesus & Raheem Sterling