Manchester City's entire season could hinge on their pursuit of English heroes Harry Kane and Jack Grealish, and the champions are desperate for a deal soon.
Pressure is mounting fast on the Sky Blues with their season preparations going wrong even before much of the squad have returned to the north west from their holidays.
Pep Guardiola has only one friendly organised for his side, against Preston on Monday, after Covid restrictions blocked further matches. New leaked emails have now raised suspicions over their Financial Fair Play record, too.
There has even been worrying reports concerning their two top targets. Daniel Levy is determined to block Kane's escape, while Aston Villa are constructing a £200,000-a-week offer to tempt their skipper to stay.
However, the Three Lions duo could be the key to a title defence and City are hopeful they can bring them in before the transfer window closes, according to the Sun.
The Premier League champions came within touching distance of finally achieving their ambitious owners' goal of Champions League glory last season, but Chelsea denied them again.
The Citizens aren't going to stop now, and both the striker and creative winger could take the team to the next level.
Kane would be the more crucial target. Sergio Aguero's exit for Barcelona this summer and Gabriel Jesus' inability to convince Guardiola he can be solely relied upon have raised the stakes with the transfer.
New Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo has also insisted he'll have Kane on board next season, but the reported £160m could be too good to turn down.
City face Championship Preston on Monday, but after their Saturday friendly with Troyes was cancelled, that'll be their only warm-up before facing Leicester in the Community Shield.