LEICESTER CITY are among the teams with increasingly realistic prospects of breaking into the top six next season.
Along with the likes of Everton and West Ham, the Foxes' shrewd approach to the transfer market is drawing envious glances from Arsenal and Manchester United fans.
After Ayoze Perez was snapped up from wayward Newcastle United, Youri Tielemans made his loan move permanent on Monday.
That upped their summer spending to £70million.
Match of the Day host and Leicester supporter Gary Lineker admitted his excitement at the signings, which could propel them up the table if Harry Maguire sticks around.
He tweeted: "If Leicester keep hold of Harry Maguire fancy they just might break into the top six next season. Wouldn’t be the miracle of 2016 but tasty nevertheless."
And Brendan Rodgers is said to still want one more signing to complete his squad before the season starts at home to Wolves.
Specifically, he is said to want a winger capable of cutting in and posing a threat from all angles.
Not famed for his ability to organise defences, Rodgers nevertheless managed to gradually improve the Foxes' backline during the first months of his stay.
In their final three games of the season – against Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea – they only conceded once, to a Vincent Komapny howitzer.
Maintaining his sturdy back-six is clearly high on the Northern Irishman's agenda, and Kasper Schmeichel is set to play again behind Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans, Maguire, Ben Chilwell and anchor man Wilfred Ndidi.
3 The Foxes have slapped a hefty price tag on the 26-year-oldCredit: Reuters
That is, of course, if they can stand firm in the face of Manchester United's attempts to snap up Maguire.
If Leicester do bank around £90m for the England star, a replacement in the form of James Tarkowski or Lewis Dunk would fit nicely for a comparative bargain fee of £40m.
For cover, Wes Morgan is likely entering his final year at the club with Luton starlet Justin James signed as a long-term option at right-back.
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Rodgers' predecessor Claude Puel was criticised for his unambitious attacking approach.
That shouldn't be the case next season after Perez and Tielemans were signed up to slot straight into the Foxes' setup.
Exactly where the pair play, the Spaniard most likely to float around off Jamie Vardy with Tielemans back in his box-to-box midfield role, is up for some debate.
3 Perez scored the winner at King Power Stadium for Newcastle in AprilCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Rodgers faces a bit of a task fitting the duo in alongside Vardy and James Maddison, the latter floating out wide if necessary towards the end of the last campaign.
With a distinct lack of width in that team, Leicester could go back into the market and secure an experienced option ahead of Harvey Barnes and Demarai Gray.
The East Midlands side were reportedly after Andros Townsend earlier in the window.
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That £15m deal could be reignited depending on how Leicester and Crystal Palace fare in the market between now and the big kick-off.
And Townsend certainly fits Rodgers' ideal winger mould, loving to cut in from the right and shoot with his left foot.
The aforementioned Gray and Barnes stand out as excellent alternatives in this predicted XI, along with Hamza Choudhury and Nampalys Mendy in the centre of the park, and Kelechi Iheanacho up top.