It certainly raised a few eyebrows in the final few days of the summer transfer window when Tottenham went in for Juventus playmaker, Paulo Dybala.
Spurs actually had a £64.4m bid accepted for the Argentine star, a real statement of intent from Daniel Levy and Pochettino over their season aims (Sky Sports).
Unfortunately, despite agreeing a deal with Juventus, Spurs were unable to work a way around Dybala’s third-party image rights deal in such a small space of time (Independent).
While the deal never quite got over the line, Gianluca Di Marzio claims that no other European clubs are currently targeting the midfielder this summer.
This means that Dybala could still be a Juventus player come January, or even next summer, keeping Tottenham’s hopes of signing him alive.
So, the question remains, should Spurs go in for Dybala in January?
There are a few conditions to my answer, but my main feeling is yes, they should. If Dybala is still in Italy and if he is struggling for game time as much as he did last campaign, Spurs could swoop in again.
They would likely be able to get a better price and they will have far longer between now and then to work around this image rights problem, if they wish to do so.
Who knows, if Spurs are within reach of Man City and Liverpool come January, perhaps the addition of Dybala could make all the difference in the title race too.
Spurs need to start attracting the big names to the club for the long-run, and Dybala would certainly be a great place to start!
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