By Wayne Veysey
Tottenham have made it clear they are keen to sign Juventus playmaker Paulo Dybala in January if he doesn’t transfer over the next week, Football Insider can reveal.
The Champions League runners-up tried to sign the Argentina international before the English window shut in early August and have not given up hope of landing him in the winter window.
A Spurs source has told Football Insider that chairman Daniel Levy has held fresh conversations with Juventus chiefs about a permanent move for Dybala.
The player’s camp are also aware that the Londoners remain in pursuit of the 25-year-old, whose future is in major doubt at Juventus.
Much will depend upon the next few days as Paris Saint-Germain have identified Dybala as a replacement for Neymar, who could head back to Spain two years after his £200million arrival.
Barcelona and Real Madrid are both in talks with PSG about signing Neymar but have yet to come to an agreement over a price for the world’s most expensive player.
Tottenham have showed far greater ambition in the transfer market this summer, signing Tanguy Ndombele for £54million rising to £63million and Giovani Lo Celso in a loan-to-buy deal that could be worth over £50million.
Dybala would be an even more expensive signing than that duo in terms of both fee and wages, with £130million needed to tie him down to a long-term contract.
Mauricio Pochettino has made it clear he is a big fan of his countryman and would regard him as an outstanding addition to his team.