Paulo Dybala is not heading to Tottenham Hotspur.
The Argentine playmaker looked set to join Spurs from Juventus for $78 million on transfer deadline day but the 25-year-old has seen another move to the Premier League breakdown.
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Sky Italy are saying that Juve will not allow him to leave as they haven’t got a replacement for him lined up, while other reports suggest the deal is too complicated for Spurs to complete due to image rights.
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Dybala was included in a possible swap deal to Manchester United with Romelu Lukaku heading to Juve but that broke down due to his wage demands, his agents’ fee and over image rights. It appears he will now stay in Italy.
Spurs are on the hunt for a playmaker with Giovani Lo Celso and Philippe Coutinho both linked with a move to Mauricio Pochettino‘s side, and it appears Lo Celso is likely to join with Dybala and Coutinho not heading to White Hart Lane.
Given Christian Eriksen‘s intentions to move on before the end of the European window closing in September, Spurs are desperate to replace the Danish wizard. The clock is ticking for Daniel Levy to get a deal done…
The Premier League’s title race is taking a a big step toward having a legitimate third wheel.
Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly agreed on a $78 million fee for Paulo Dybala.
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Now Spurs have to convince Dybala on their project, as the star is said to be uncertain about the North London outfit and Manchester United (The Red Devils reportedly pulling out of the running earlier this week).
Dybala, 25, has been excused from Juve training until his transfer situation is resolved by the club.
The Argentinian’s numbers took a big hit when Cristiano Ronaldo arrived and became the focal point of Juve’s attack, but he’s scored 22 goals in a season for the Old Lady and also posted a 19-goal, 9-assist season.
He’s an upgrade on Dele Alli, who is injured and also coming off a down season, and should feast off the spoils of Harry Kane.
Perhaps countryman Erik Lamela can convince him of the Tottenham way?
Paulo Dybala has chosen Turin over Manchester.
According to a report from The Telegraph’s James Ducker, Manchester United have “pulled the plug” on their pursuit of the Argentine ace.
Dybala has been the talk of a possible swap including United striker Romelu Lukaku, but his “reluctance to leave,” his sky-high wage demands and inflated agent’s fees convinced the Premier League side otherwise.
Instead, the 25-year-old has informed his agent that he will remain with La Vecchia Signora and will report to training on Monday ahead of the 2019/2020 campaign, per La Gazzetta dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia.
According to Ducker, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is “determined only to bring in players who are fully committed to being part of the club’s project.” It was quite clear Dybala didn’t fit the prerequisites, nor did his requests of wanting “parity with United’s top earners, such as Alexis Sanchez, David De Gea and Paul Pogba, and there are also believed to have been complications over the player’s image rights.”
Over at Old Trafford, the transfer quandary amid the deadline continues. United are desperate to offload high-wage earner and under-performer Lukaku, while being on the brink of announcing the arrival of English center-back Harry Maguire. It’s reported to be a world record, $100 million deal for the Leicester City player.
As for the South American, he will return to the Italian giants with one tough task ahead: impressing newly-appointed boss Maurizio Sarri. Last season, he lacked consistency and failed to fully synchronize with Cristiano Ronaldo and Co., ending the Serie A season with a paltry five goals and four assists.
It’s quite clear Dybala will have a chance to correct that now, but like the transfer saga he left behind, his progress (or lack thereof) will garner plenty of attention.
The Paulo Dybala transfer saga seems like one that might drag on infinitely without ever being resolved, which is precisely what Juventus are hoping to avoid by omitting Dybala from the club’s training squad until the two sides come to a resolution on his future.
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Dybala is pretty clearly not in the plans of new manager Maurizio Sarri after a thoroughly disappointing 2018-19 season halted his momentum after a breakout 2017-18 campaign. Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are the main clubs to which Dybala has been linked in the last week, but no official bids have been received by Juve, at least none have been reported as of yet.
With the Premier League’s transfer deadline looming next week, Juve are doing everything they can to reach this story’s conclusion in a timely manner. Dybala won’t train with the first team until Aug. 5, at the earliest, so as to allow the club and the player and his representative(s) extra time to find a solution that works for all parties.
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Signing Dybala for anywhere near the $100 million it might take to get him away from Turin would represent a massive risk for any club, given the up-and-down nature of his last two seasons. On the one hand, he appeared headed for superstar not even two years ago. On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival cratered his involvement and production, leaving many to wonder whether or not he can function at close his best without the team being built around him.
Jeez, you might as well rename Manchester as Turin at this point…
Amid reports of Manchester United and Juventus agreeing a mega-swap deal for Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku, another report out of Italy suggests either Mario Mandzukic or Blaise Matuidi could also be heading to Old Trafford too.
Sport Mediaset in Italy says that one of Matuidi or Mandzukic have been discussed as a potential makeweight in any deal.
Which player do United need more?
With the attacking talents they already possess and their philosophy to only have pure pace in the forward areas, surely that rules out a move for Mandzukic. The Croatian striker has been a huge success for many years across Europe with Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and at Juve, but at 33 he is coming towards the end of his career and pace is not one of his top attributes.
Matuidi seems like a better fit for this current United squad, especially if Paul Pogba leaves in the final week of the window.
The French international, 32, has quality on the ball but his energy and defensive capabilities would be ideal in replacing Ander Herrera in the engine room. He also formed a great partnership with Pogba during France’s 2018 World Cup success last summer and he may be key in getting Pogba to remain at United this summer. The jury is still out on Nemanja Matic and Fred as central midfield options, while Scott McTominay has had a very good preseason but is still young. Adding Matuidi as a sweetner in this Dybala-Lukaku swap deal would be very decent for United.
But maybe this is all part of the plan for Juventus to buy Pogba in the next few days, as they send Matuidi and plenty of cash the other way.
Dybala and Matuidi for Pogba and Lukaku doesn’t seem like the best deal for United, but if Juventus chuck in say $70-75 million too, then that would be a deal that is too good to turn down.