Well, it seems as though Paulo Dybala won’t be calling anywhere in England as his next home address.
This time, it wasn’t because of the player or his image rights, though.
Nope, not Dybala’s fault. At least, that’s what we’re being told by arguably the most reliable English football reporting source that there is these days.
According to a tweet from the BBC’s David Ornstein, Dybala’s much-rumored move to Tottenham that would have to be completed in the final hours of the Premier League’s summer transfer window is off. It’s not because Spurs pulled out of the deal, either, my friends. No, it’s because, according to Ornstein, Juventus has decided not to sell Dybala after so, so many rumors over the last few days — and weeks — saying that he was going to leave the club, maybe even going to Manchester United or Tottenham.
BREAKING: Tottenham’s proposed move for Paulo Dybala is OFF after Juventus ultimately decided not to sell the 25-year-old Argentina forward #THFC #Juve— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 8, 2019
The Italian side of the reporting is a little less consistent with the message that’s coming out of the BBC offices — no, not that of Barzagli, Bonucci and Chiellini — right now.
Most notably is a report just before this post went from La Gazzetta dello Sport saying that the deal could still be on, only it being a race against time — because obviously it was going to be no matter what — for Tottenham to solve Dybala’s image rights issue. Sky Sport Italia don’t rule out a deal being struck, but hedge with the fact that obstacles could very well keep it from happening in time as well as the fact that Juventus could reopen the Dybala transfer saga with a rumor from earlier this summer — the swap deal with Inter Milan for Mauro Icardi.
And, if a transfer to England doesn’t come about because Juventus has in fact pulled out of the deal with Tottenham, then it could be indeed due to they want to make a deal with Inter instead. Selling a player like Dybala to arguably your most-hated rival isn’t always a great solution to trying to solve a problem like Juventus think they might have with their current No. 10, but there’s also no denying that they’re keen on signing a striker like Icardi.
So maybe Juventus aren’t going to sell Dybala ... to Tottenham. But elsewhere? I dunno at this point.