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Revealed: The likelihood of Tottenham signing Paulo Dybala


News broke earlier this month that Paulo Dybala will be leaving Juventus on a free transfer at the end of the current season.

The Argentine has been on Juve’s books since 2015, but will now depart for nothing following a breakdown in contract negotiations with the Turin-based outfit.

This has led to speculation over where Dybala will end up. One potential destination being touted is Tottenham, who were linked with the forward several years ago and now have Fabio Paratici, a man heavily focused on Serie A talent, leading recruitment.

However, comments from football.london’s Alasdair Gold suggest that a Spurs move for Dybala actually isn’t that likely: "The whole Dybala thing is an interesting one. It feels very 2019!

“The fact that he's expected to be a free agent means you can't rule anything out, but it feels like a slightly more awkward fit for Spurs in this moment than it did three years ago.

“As a free agent, the 28-year-old will be able to request huge wages and his injury record is not the greatest now. This season alone he's missed 13 matches, mostly with muscle problems, and last season he missed three months with a medial collateral ligament injury.

"There's no doubting he's talented and still scores goals, with 13 this season from 29 matches - eight in Serie A - but I'm not sure Fabio Paratici is as desperate to sign him as is being reported in some quarters.”

Where do Tottenham need to improve?

Even if Spurs are interested in Dybala, they should probably focus on strengthening other areas of their squad first.

It is obvious that the capital club need a new centre-back or two, with the right-wing-back spot also especially weak.

Should Harry Kane leave in the summer, a greater focus would then be required on their attack, but for now, it seems odd for Tottenham to be eyeing a player in Dybala’s position.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.



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