Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy
Tottenham Hotspur are yet to make their move this transfer window, but have been linked to several top quality players so far.
Among the big names are Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa, and Juventus ace Juan Cuadrado.
Yet as it stands they risk missing out on both players.
Bayern Munich's Douglas Costa in action with Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Calciomercato report Juventus are confident of signing Douglas Costa, with a deal claimed to be close.
SkyBet have them at 1/6 heavy favourites with Spurs drifting out to 22/1 to land the Brazilian.
Costa's imminent arrival at Juventus could lead Cuadrado towards the exit.
Juventus' Juan Cuadrado celebrates
Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of the Colombian describing him as a 'top player' two years back [via The Mail] - but again Spurs could be beaten to the punch.
Paris Saint-Germain have made the early running to sign the versatile star, who can also play at wing-back.
It would be fantastic for Tottenham to show the ambition to go toe to toe with PSG and Juventus in the market, but realistically that isn't going to happen.
Chairman Daniel Levy will have no intention of getting into a bidding war and their wage structure would hold them back in both cases even if the transfer fees were matched.
Tottenham will have to look at alternatives, but quality ones if they are serious about competing with Europe's big boys in the Champions League next season.