Tottenham: £65m for Paulo Dybala plus battling Arsenal & Man United to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan

Tottenham: £65m for Paulo Dybala

It’s gearing up to be a frantic final 48 hours of the summer transfer window for Tottenham.

Why does Daniel Levy seem to do this every year?

Spurs, having reached last season’s Champions League final, have only added one player to their squad for 2019-20: Tanguy Ndombele.

Yet, on Wednesday morning, Spurs are reportedly cranking up efforts to sign Paulo Dybala from Juventus for 65 million pounds.

Are Man United still trying to sign Dybala?

Right now, hopes that Dybala will end up at Man United seem dead in the water.

In the Times, readers are simply told that “the Argentina forward did not want to go to United”.

Italian reporter Fabrizio Romano has also confirmed that Man United’s chances of signing Dybala are over.


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Paulo Dybala updates ⚪️‪ – Tottenham today started talks also for Paulo Dybala with Juventus. Spurs are ready to make an official bid for €70M.‬ 💰 ‪- The problems will be the contract, the image rights, the commissions – same problems had Manchester United. Not easy deal… so, so difficult. 🚫 ‪- Manchester United-Dybala deal [and swap with Lukaku] is OFF.‬ 🛑 ‪#THFC #MUFC #Dybala #transfers ••••••••••••••••••••••🇮🇹🇬🇧••••••••••••••••••••• Le novità per Dybala ⚪️ – Il Tottenham oggi ha avviato un dialogo con la Juventus per Paulo Dybala. Gli Spurs sono pronti a offrire 70 milioni di euro. 💰 – Il problema è il contratto di Dybala, i suoi diritti d’immagine, le commissioni agli agenti… gli stessi ostacoli riscontrati dal Manchester United. Operazione molto complessa per questo. 🚫 – L’affare Dybala per il Manchester United adesso è totalmente fermo. 🛑 @skysport #paulodybala #tottenham‬ #spurs

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Will Spurs sign Dybala before Thursday?

Many believe that Spurs face an incredible challenge in trying to get this deal over the line.

The problem? Dybala’s image rights. The Times report:

(Dybala’s) move to north London is complicated by his image rights being owned by a third party, which was one of the issues that hindered Manchester United’s attempt to sign him.

Agreeing personal terms may be tricky — Dybala, 25, wanted as much as £350,000 a week from United.

Sticking with the financials of the possible Dybala-Spurs transfer, Fabrizio Romano added that the “commissions” owed to Dybala’s agents are another obstacle facing Tottenham.

The Guardian say that Dybala’s agent fees could total 12 million pounds.

Spurs: Signing Philippe Coutinho on loan

In another potentially huge transfer deal, Tottenham are seemingly also trying to signing Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona.

Coutinho joined Barcelona for 142 million euros from Liverpool, however the Brazilian hasn’t enjoyed the best of spells at the Camp Nou.

The Times detail Tottenham’s efforts to land Coutinho:

Mauricio Pochettino worked briefly with Coutinho at Espanyol in 2012 and has spoken to him about the chance to make a surprise return to the Premier League. 

Sources in Spain have said that Spurs lead the race and Barcelona have tried to tempt Manchester United into a deal.

Man United & Coutinho

Surely Man United have no chance of signing Coutinho, right?

Coutinho, as a former Liverpool player, would become an instant hate figure if the former Anfield star ended up at Old Trafford.

What about Arsenal signing Coutinho?

Leaving aside the obvious questions about how he’d fit into Unai Emery’s team, Arsenal are also in the race to sign Coutinho on loan.

Indeed, in L’Equipe on Wednesday, readers are told that Arsenal may have agreed a deal to sign Coutinho on loan already.

Arsenal faced Barcelona last weekend in a pre-season friendly, where L’Equipe say the deal was done.

Will Christian Eriksen stay at Tottenham?

Can Tottenham expect to sign Coutinho and Dybala while also retaining Christian Eriksen?

The consensus opinion is ‘no’.

According to the Guardian, as Man United are linked with the Dane, Tottenham will need to sell Eriksen if they hope to wrap up the other aforementioned deals:

Tottenham would have to sell Christian Eriksen, possibly to Manchester United, in order to finance the Dybala deal.

Eriksen has just one year left on his contract and could leave for free next summer. Juventus are not interested in signing the Dane as any part of a deal for Dybala.

Also see: Mesut Ozil’s representatives expected to meet with DC United chiefs next week.

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