Dybala not enough for ambitious Spurs
Tottenham could follow up the statement signing of Paulo Dybala by landing Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho on a season-long loan deal.
Sky Sports Italy are reporting the north London outfit have reached an agreement with Juve over a £64.4million deal for Dybala, who has previously been linked with Manchester United.
United had looked to be close to completing a deal for the Argentina international with Romelu Lukaku going in the opposite direction, only for the Old Trafford outfit to pull the plug on negotiations due to the forward’s wage demands.
Tottenham could encounter a similar issue with Dybala reportedly asking for a pay packet worth in the region of £10million-a-season.
The 25-year-old’s image rights could also prove an obstacle, while time is against Spurs with the transfer window due to slam shut on Thursday.
Dybala has found himself pushed out wide since Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Juventus last summer and managed just five goals in 30 Serie A appearances last season.
New Biaconeri head coach Maurizio Sarri has made it clear to Dybala he does not feature in his plans for the new season and is keen to move him on in order to free up some cash to bring in a striker who fits his style of play.
Talks with Dybala are part of a wide-range of negotiations Tottenham are engaged in heading towards the closure of the summer window as they also chase a deal for Coutinho.
The Brazil international has been told he is free to leave the Nou Camp having found himself surplus to requirements following the signing of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid this summer.
The 27-year-old has struggled to make an impact in Spain since leaving Liverpool in a £142million deal in January 2018 and has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League this summer.
Phillipe Coutinho’s La Liga stats 2017/18:
Dribbles per game: 2.6
Key passes per game: 1.6
The Spurs target directly involved in a goal every 100 minutes despite arriving in mid-season! 🔥⚽️
— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) August 6, 2019
According to reports in Spain, Tottenham are in pole position to win the race for Coutinho, although Arsenal are also understood to be in the mix.
Whether Coutinho will remain at the Tottenham Hostpur Stadium beyond the 2019/20 season looks unlikely with Barcelona asking for over £80million to allow the midfielder to leave permanently.
To land both Coutinho and Dybala, Tottenham are likely to have to offload at least two players with Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose the leading candidates to move on.
Rose has been linked with a switch to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, while Eriksen has been mentioned as a target for Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid.