Tottenham Hotspur were pretty productive on transfer deadline day, managing to secure the signings of Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon.
However, there was some disappointment among Spurs fans as the club were not able to get the reported deal for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala over the line.
Now a report in the Independent has explained how close Tottenham were to completing the deal.
The report initially claims that the Juventus forward was keen on a move to Spurs as he wanted to link up with his compatriot Mauricio Pochettino but it is claimed that the 25-year-old wasn’t so keen on the idea of joining Manchester United, which is why he made exaggerated wage demands.
The report confirms that as reported it was Dybala’s image rights that proved to be the major obstacle with the deal.
It is suggested that Juve and Tottenham were working against the clock to explore the possibility of a loan deal to circumvent the image rights problem but there simply wasn’t enough time to resolve all the complications.
It is also revealed that PSG assured Juventus on Thursday that they will be bidding for Dybala this summer thus getting the Serie A giants to give up their attempt to get everything finalised before 5pm deadline on Thursday.
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Perhaps PSG’s late arrival into the mix was what Pochettino was referring to in his pre-match press conference when he suggested that the way the transfer window is structured now gives European clubs that chance to create chaos with English teams. Given Juventus’ willingness to get Dybala off the wage bill, it is unlikely that Tottenham will be able to return for him in January.
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