Journalist Pete O’Rourke believes that Tottenham Hotspur will be interested in a deal to sign Paulo Dybala in the summer if he becomes available.
The Juventus star was heavily linked with a potential move to Spurs when Mauricio Pochettino was manager but the deal ultimately fell through after an issue with image rights derailed negotiations.
What’s the latest with Spurs?
They strengthened the squad in the January transfer window by bringing in two players from Dybala’s current side.
Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur have both arrived from Juve, strengthening their squad as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League under the management of Antonio Conte.
Spurs are currently seventh in the Premier League table but they are just two points behind Manchester United in fourth, and have two games in hand on Ralf Rangnick’s side.
Those games come against Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal, and winning both would catapult Spurs into pole position to qualify for the Champions League.
It remains to be seen how heavily they will invest in the summer window but a deal to sign Dybala may be available, because the Argentina international’s contract is expiring.
Dybala, though, remains a key man for Juve, making 23 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring 11 goals and laying on five assists.
And O’Rourke believes that Spurs will almost certainly make a move to bring the forward into the club.
What has O’Rourke said?
He told GiveMeSport: “I think Dybala, long-term target under Pochettino, I’m sure he will definitely be on the list in the summer but I think lots of clubs in Europe will be interested in the playmaker this summer on a free transfer, potentially.”
Do Spurs need Dybala?
If he’s available for nothing, as has been reported, he’s a brilliant potential signing, with only a signing-on fee and wages factored into any cost.
Dybala is a sensational footballer, with fbref showing that his statistics are comparable with Lionel Messi, Roberto Firmino and Antoine Griezmann.
He is in the top five per cent of forwards across Europe when it comes to passes attempted, pass completion percentage, progressive passes, dribbles completed and interceptions, along with shot-creating actions.
He is a genuinely world-class footballer and would improve any side in the Premier League.
If Spurs have a sniff of a chance that they can potentially secure him for absolutely nothing, they should be all over it in the summer transfer window.