Spurs still in Dybala pursuit

Juventus insist forward Paulo Dybala will not be leaving this summer despite reported interest from a few European heavyweights.

Tottenham’s bid to land Paulo Dybala from Italian giants Juventus is not yet over and there is now talk of a possible loan move for the player.

The two clubs were in advanced talks over a permanent move for Dybala and all appeared to be on track as Mauricio Pochettino looked to add quality to his midfield ahead of the new season.

The deal came to a shuddering halt when it became obvious that the issue of the playe’rs image rights were going to prove to be too difficult to overcome.

All other terms between the player and the two clubs had been agreed before the image rights turned out to be a deal-breaker. Now, though, it appears there is still the possibility of a loan for the attacking midfielder, who had been expected to join Manchester United over the summer.

The Red Devils eventually baulked at the Argentine’s reported wage demands, which were said to be £350,000-a-week, and the move, which would have seen Romelu Lukaku join the Old Lady, was called off. The Belgium striker is now set for a switch to Inter Milan instead.

A move looks still to be on the cards for Dybala as he is not part of Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri’s plans for the first team in the coming Serie A season.

Inter Milan themselves are also linked although he would much rather bring his skills to the Premier League and his preference would be to join up with countryman Pochettino.

The addition of Dybala could lead to the exit of Christian Eriksen from the club, with the likes of Real Madrid looking to add the Danish playmaker to their side. Los Blancos continue to try and strengthen a squad which has fallen way below where they need to be in Spain if they are to challenge Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Spurs do not want to see Erikson leave but, at the same time, they also know if he does not sign a new deal at White Hart Lane this summer, he will then be on his way for nothing next year – something the club are eager to avoid at all costs.

The 27-year-old has been outstanding since joining Spurs from Ajax in 2013 and played a key part in helping Tottenham reach the Champions League final last season, which they lost to Liverpool, but he is now entering the final year of his current contract.