As many of us could have predicted, just because the swap deal for Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku fell through, it wasn’t going to suddenly end the rumor mill revolving around Juventus’ current No. 10.
The last two days have only proved that.
Come Tuesday night, Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio had reported that Juventus received another offer from a Premier League side for Dybala. This time, it was from Tottenham, who offered up €70 million for the striker that Juve seem to be set on getting rid of this summer. According to Di Marzio, it’s a transfer figure that Juventus has accepted, however, just like the Lukaku swap deal, it’s the kind of situation where Dybala’s desire to stay right where he is in Turin could very well be the tipping point as to whether the deal actually happens before Thursday’s transfer deadline in England.
However, according to La Gazzetta dello Sports Nico Schira, Dybala’s enthusiasm about moving to Spurs — and it seems like England in general — isn’t all that great, meaning there could very well be a replication of what happened with Manchester United.
Schira adds that if Dybala were to leave, it would be for Paris Saint-Germain, which seems to be just lurking in the background as they were during Juve’s Matthijs de Ligt negotiations.
Paulo #Dybala dopo aver declinato il #ManchesterUnited non è convinto neppure delle sirene che arrivano da Londra sponda #Tottenham. La Joya vuole restare alla #Juventus, anche se Paratici continua a lavorare alla cessione. E sullo sfondo resta vivo il #PSG... #calciomercato— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) August 6, 2019
The sticking point in all of this is Dybala’s willingness to leave Juventus. That’s just the reality of the situation. Manchester United’s monster salary offer wasn’t enough to convince Dybala of making the move to England happen. And if he were to accept the same kind of annual salary with Tottenham, then he’d basically be earning the same amount — if not more — than their current No. 10, Harry Kane.
Can Spurs get a deal done with Dybala in less than 48 hours? Unless something major happens, it will definitely be something that is completely up in the air — which, knowing how Dybala’s negotiations reportedly went, isn’t all that surprising, I guess.