Tottenham are reportedly locked in a two-way battle to land Paulo Dybala this summer as the Argentine striker gears up for a sensational free transfer away from Juventus.
The 28-year-old forward has been strongly linked with both Liverpool and Spurs over recent seasons. But with his contract expiring at the end of the season, a parting of ways – this time – looks increasingly on the cards. Indeed, per recent reports, a series of talks has failed to see an agreement reached on an extension.
The Bianconeri were ready to pay him a €10m-a-year contract, including add-ons. The forward currently earns €7.3m-a-year plus bonuses.
Just recently, La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed Dybala was seeking a salary in the region of €12m a year. That equates to around £190,000 a week.
However, with the contract yet to be signed and irked by the delays, Juventus have reportedly now withdrawn their offer.
And with La Repubblica also now reporting that Dybala is looking elsewhere, a parting of ways now looks the only outcome.
Indeed, the report claims that Dybala will pick from two clubs this summer in Tottenham and Inter Milan.
Reigning Serie A champions would be the safer option for the 148-goal hitman. They are currently riding high at the top of Serie A and look well placed to secure back-to-back titles.
Whether they would meet his pay demands though remains to be seen.
Paratici senses Paulo Dybala chance
As such, reports suggest Spurs, sensing an opportunity, are also working on a deal. Dybala is a player well known to their director Fabio Paratici from his time at the Turin club.
And he is reportedly already in contact with his agent over a prospective free-transfer switch.
Tottenham in running to sign free-agent Paulo Dybala
The striker's deal expires this summer and Argentine is tipped to join Spurs
The player’s wage demands would also be within their reach, moreso if Tottenham can offload current high earner Tanguy Ndombele.
Landing a player of Dybala’s qualities would be a real coup for Tottenham. Not only would it bring a new dimension to their attack, a three-man strikeforce of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Dybala would really excite.
Spurs have reportedly looked at Paulo Dybala in the past. However, thanks to the presence of Antonio Conte and Paratici – together with Dybala’s contract situation – never have their chances been greater.
Tottenham likely to miss out on Adama Traore
Spurs, meanwhile, reportedly look set to fail in their quest to bring Adama Traore to the club.
The Barca academy product has become hot property in recent weeks, following continued doubt over his Wolves future. Not only is he nearing the final year of his deal, but his value has decreased.
That has seen him strongly linked with a £20m January move to Tottenham – with Conte wanting him as a wing-back. What’s more, TEAMtalk understands that Tottenham have lined up four players they could offer in a deal to Wolves.
However, Sport now reports that Barcelona could yet scupper the deal and bring Traore back to Spain.
Barcelona have been tracking him for a while amid doubt over Ousmane Dembele’s Camp Nou future. And in December, they put a move for him firmly on the table.
Furthermore, Traore travelled back to Barcelona last month where he ‘personally confirmed his OK’ to sign for the club.