Tottenham Hotspur may break its transfer record for a second time this summer, and not for long-rumored transfer target Giovanni Lo Celso.
No, Spurs are now being linked with a bid for $89 million Juventus wonder Paulo Dybala.
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The Argentine is said to be finding it arduous to impress new manager Maurizio Sarri, who is expected to give Cristiano Ronaldo a free role that would tax Dybala’s ability to do what he does best.
Dybala scored 10 times for Juventus last season in 42 matches, a big step down from the 26 he notched the previous season. Ronaldo’s arrival certainly helped with that dip.
Between Palermo and Juve, Dybala has 73 goals and 37 assists in Serie A. He struck five times in nine Champions League matches last season and is a safe bet to produce in any competition.
He’d give Spurs tremendous attacking options and put a lot of pressure on Dele Alli following the latter’s disappointing 2018-19 season.
The North London outfit has long been expected to become an even bigger force in the Premier League once its stadium debts were paid. The addition of Dybala would be a stunner, and boost Spurs into firm contention for the Premier League whether Christian Eriksen sticks around or not.
And if Dybala arrives, perhaps leaving won’t carry much interest at all.