Tottenham Hotspur were heavily linked with a move for Juventus striker Paulo Dybala in the closing days of the transfer window (The Guardian).
According to the Independent, Tottenham were keen on bringing the 25-year-old to the Premier League and the player himself also wanted to make the switch to Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The move failed to materialise ahead of the 5pm deadline with reports suggesting that his complexed image rights situation played a major part.
Dybala still finds himself at the Serie A side, despite having been linked with a move to PSG (Guardian) which is still a possibility given that the French transfer window does not close until September 2nd.
Football journalist Alasdair Gold believes that Spurs could once attempt to make another approach for the forward if he stays with Juventus beyond the close of the European window.
Manchester United were also interested in signing Dybala this summer but walked away from the deal after learning of how expensive the move would have been (Telegraph).
Gold told Football.London when asked if Spurs could go back in for Dybala: “I’d still be worried about PSG.
“They haven’t made a move for Dybala yet but what happens with Neymar over the next 10 days or so is going to shake up the transfer market a lot. It will spark those who didn’t buy him into action to look for their own star signings and of course PSG will have to replace the Brazilian. If the window closes and Dybala is still at Juventus then Spurs would be right to think they still have a chance to sign him in January. Much will still depend on his situation at the Old Lady and whether Maurizio Sarri gives him regular football and whether he makes it into that Champions League squad despite the fact that the Serie A side have to leave out foreign players from their bloated squad for the European competition.
“There’s a lot of ifs, buts and maybes but it is believed that Spurs had an agreement with Juventus and Dybala but it was just the messy situation with the image rights that couldn’t be sorted. over the four weeks or so that the parties were all in negotiations. Four months of course is a lot longer to fix those issues but that’s also a long time for anything to happen. If the window closes and he’s still in Turin, then I wouldn’t rule out Spurs making another attempt to bring him to England.”
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