Sky Sports’ Lyall Thomas has claimed that Tottenham are unlikely to return for Paulo Dybala when the transfer window re-opens after they tried in vain to sign the Argentine last summer.
Sky Sports even reported last August that a £64.4m bid from Tottenham had been accepted by Juventus.
Dybala is said to have come very close to completing the move, only for it to fall through at the last minute due to complications over the Argentine’s image rights (Independent).
In fact, negotiations are said to have reached such an advanced stage that the 26-year-old had recorded a goodbye video to Juve fans, which would have been uploaded and posted once the deal had been confirmed (La Gazzetta Dello Sport via Football Italia).
The Juventus star has been in terrific form since the failed move to North London, recording an impressive 13 goals and 12 assists in all competitions for the Serie A giants this campaign (transfermarkt).
Lyall Thomas has now revealed that Dybala was someone Mauricio Pochettino wanted while Jose Mourinho prefers a target man like Olivier Giroud.
With Giovanni Lo Celso and Dele Alli already at the club, he claims that the Juventus star would not fit into Mourinho’s system, thus suggesting that Tottenham’s pursuit of Dybala could well be over.
Spurs Web Opinion
Our season could have turned out completely different if we had managed to land Dybala on deadline day last summer. Perhaps, we might not have struggled as much at the start of the season as we did and Pochettino might have kept his job. I don’t expect Juve to put the Argentine up for sale this summer given the form he has been in for them.
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