Can Spurs get this Marquee Signing Over the Line?
As many have already commented on social media, making contact with Juventus over Paulo Dybala and actually being serious about the deal are two different things. Late on Wednesday evening, stories began to emerge stating that Tottenham had made a genuine enquiry over the 25 year old Argentinian with reports claiming that a fee in the region of £80 million was needed to prise Dybala away from Turin.
This could be the biggest signing for the club since Jurgen Klinsmann appeared on Alan Sugar’s yacht back in 1994 but does it really stand a chance of landing?
Dybala would be no stranger to Spurs fans who have run into the player during the Champions League. He’s now spent four seasons with Juventus and in that time has recorded 78 goals in 182 games. That’s a healthy record in Serie A even for a side as dominant as Juve and when you consider that the player is sometimes deployed as an attacking midfielder, it becomes even more impressive.
Prior to those four seasons in Turin, Paulo Dybala began his career in Argentina before switching to Palermo. His overall scoring ratio becomes a little more modest with 116 goals in 315 professional games and he’s also made 24 appearances for the full Argentine national side – scoring twice.
Will it Happen?
Clearly there must be a long way to go if there is any hope of getting this deal across the line. We’ve been in the Champions League for four consecutive seasons and reached the final last month but are we still seen as a ‘smaller club’ by players of this calibre? Reports also claim that Manchester United are interested in Dybala. Does it, therefore, just come down to money at the end of the day with United surely set to pay a bigger salary to one of Europe’s hottest properties.
Then there is the question of where Paulo Dybala fits in at the new White Hart Lane. Strikers have come and gone in the quest to find an adequate back up for Harry Kane who continues to play as the lone forward. Clearly, Dybala will not be sitting on the bench waiting for his chance at Carlisle in the EFL Cup so he has to start as the link to Harry.
We’ll follow this with interest but are we just dreaming or do Tottenham have a real chance of getting this deal over the line?