Forget signings, this is Pochettino's primary task at Tottenham

Mounting speculation links two first-team midfielders away from Tottenham Hotspur as Paulinho and Sandro are in-demand.

Since Mauricio Pochettino was confirmed as the manager of Tottenham Hotspur, who immediately begins his five-year tenure, there has been much speculation surrounding just who the erstwhile Southampton boss will purchase in the upcoming summer transfer window.

Recently, the Lilywhite North Londoners have been linked with Saints midfielder Adam Lallana, Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck, Real Madrid supersub Alvaro Morata and Manchester City midfielder James Milner.

However, Pochettino may well have a far pressing priorities than the import business as he may need to put a limit on the club's exports.

Box-to-box Brazilian midfielder Paulinho continues to be linked with a White Hart Lane exit (Daily Telegraph), as Chelsea have the 25-year-old listed as one of three central players they wish to acquire in summer. 

Paulinho's midfield partner at Spurs, his compatriot Sandro, is now also a member of the transfer rumour mill as Serie A side Napoli - who won the Coppa Italia under Rafael Benitez last season - are speculated to be interested (Express) in the player, who himself harbours aspirations of competing in Italy. 

What Pochettino must ensure is that he keeps the core of his midfield at home, rather than selling up and rubber-stamping too many outbound transfers.

One of Tottenham's struggles at the start of the 2013-14 season was the introduction of too many imports. The summer prior had seen a mass overhaul as the world record sum received from the Gareth Bale sale was spent before the Welshman had even arrived at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu to perform keepy-uppy in front of Spain's football media.

Spurs must learn from last year's mistake and prevent another mass overhaul.

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