Explained: Why Tottenham walked away from Paulo Dybala transfer

Date published: Friday 9th August 2019 9:52 - Matthew Briggs

Tottenham chief Daniel Levy reportedly walked away from a deal for Paulo Dybala after securing a bargain transfer for Giovani Lo Celso.

Spurs confirmed the signing of Real Betis’ Lo Celso on a season-long loan with an up front fee believed to be just £14.7m.

Not bad business from the Spurs supremo considering they were quoted £62million for the midfielder in July. Spurs have an option to make the transfer permanent at the end of the season, with Levy then likely to offset the remaining £40m of the £55m transfer against their guaranteed Champions League revenue.

If Spurs miss out on Champions League qualification then Levy is understood to have an option to step away from the obligation to buy Lo Celso – making it a win, win for Levy and Spurs.

The Express believes that is why Levy was content to walk away from the deal to sign Juventus no.10 Dybala, despite the BBC reporting that the Turin giants decided to keep the player after all.

They paper claim “Spurs insiders say that the Tottenham chairman spent a good deal less time trying to untie the Juventus striker’s image rights issue than various speculative reports suggested”.

Reports claimed Tottenham had brokered a deal worth a reported €70million for Dybala, but Levy was happy to wave the white flag on the deal on Wednesday night when he realised the complex issue of Dybala’s image rights.

Dybala’s image rights belong to Malta-based Star Image Company, but Marca claims the situation is complicated further because the player is “currently embroiled in a court case (with Star Image Company), after having withdrawn from a contract with them in 2017 under bad terms”.

The report claims Spurs would have had to have pay a significant sum to Star Image for Dybala’s image rights, which would have pushed the price for Dybala to well over the €70m mark.

Levy quickly realised the deal was “not worth it” and canned the transfer for Dybala, instead focusing on Lo Celso and getting Ryan Sessegnon in for just £25million.


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