Tottenham Hotspur’s summer transfer activity nearly came to an extraordinary close as they looked to get the signing of Paulo Dybala across the line before the 5PM deadline.
However, in a dramatic turn of events, despite reportedly agreeing a fee in the region of £65 million for Dybala, Spurs were unable to close out the deal due to unique complications over the players image rights (Independent).
For now, Dybala remains a Juventus player. However, with the European transfer window still open until September 2, there remains a chance that he could move away from Turin before the end of the month.
With Paris Saint Germain’s star man Neymar heavily linked with a return to Barcelona, there are reports that the French powerhouse may look to Juventus to replace Neymar. With their large cash reserves, bypassing those pesky image rights shouldn’t be a problem for the Parisians (Independent).
Should Dybala remain a Juventus player, Football London’s Spurs correspondent Alasdair Gold has suggested that a January swoop for the player may be on the cards.
In a recent QnA he said: “Were it not for the image rights mess, Paulo Dybala would be wearing a Tottenham Hotspur shirt right now.
“In an ideal world Spurs would look to return for the Argentine in January or try to do a deal for him in the coming weeks for the player to join in the winter as they work on sorting out the image right problems.”
Gold went on to suggest that the players future hinges on PSG’s interest in the player in the remaining two-three weeks of the transfer window.
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It was disappointing not to get the Dybala deal over the line, especially as it was down to such an unusual complication. However, if Juventus do hold onto him until January, I think we could and should go back in for him. He certainly looked keen to join and what a great addition to the squad that would be mid-way through the season.
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