Bayern Munich are targeting a move for Tottenham's Tanguy Ndombele as the Bavarians prepare for a mass exodus of midfielders this summer.
Ndombele has endured a frustrating campaign in north London thus far as a result of fitness woes, while his supposed strained relationship with manager Jose Mourinho and lack of minutes following the Premier League's restart has thrust his future at the club into considerable doubt.
Despite the Lilywhites insisting the Frenchman's not for sale this summer, Ndombele may seek to force an exit from N17 if he doesn't see his future brightening up under Mourinho.
And one of the clubs looking to pounce on the incredibly talented midfielder are Bayern, with French news outlet Le10 Sport suggesting that Die Roten's lack of funds following the purchase of Leroy Sane this summer mean they're keen on an initial loan deal for Ndombele with an option to buy.
It's the sort of move they've been able to pull off in recent times, most notably with James Rodriguez and Philippe Coutinho, although it appears unlikely that Spurs will agree to such a deal.
Nevertheless, with Thiago, Javi Martinez and Corentin Tolisso all potentially departing the Allianz Arena this summer, the need for midfield reinforcements is clear for Hansi Flick.
If they're unable to broker a deal for Ndombele, Chelsea's Tiemoue Bakayoko has emerged as a fall-back option.
Bakayoko has enjoyed more fruitful spells out on loan at Milan and former employers Monaco following his difficult debut campaign in west London and it's understood that Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing the box-to-box midfielder this summer, while the Rossoneri are also keen on a deal.
Chelsea are holding out for €35m for the Frenchman's services, which means Bayern may have to get creative if they want to bring in Bakayoko ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.