For years Tottenham have been linked to Juventus’ Paulo Dybala, but it appears those rumours are finally dead in the water.
Fabrizio Romano tweeted earlier this morning that Spurs have never considered Dybala as a serious target, quashing previous conjecture of the north London’s interest in the Argentinian.
Tottenham have other players on their wish list and it looks like Liverpool’s interest in the 28-year-old is picking up momentum.
Antonio Conte moving on from Dybala is hardly surprising when you consider how much the Argentinian is demanding for compensation. While Spurs would have been able to nab Dybala on a free transfer, the player’s £280,000 per-week salary demand was far too exorbitant for Conte, Fabio Paratici and Daniel Levy.
Yes, Tottenham have more cash to invest on transfers than ever before, but that doesn’t mean they’re willing to pay Dybala significantly more than any other Tottenham player, including top earner Harry Kane, who is on about £200,000 per week.
Spurs will concentrate on other more feasible and affordable attacking targets. Manchester United and Arsenal are also thought to be interested in landing Dybala, who wasn’t shy in making his demands to Juventus clear.
He told Juventus that he would pursue other options if the Old Lady were unwilling to splash out a net salary of €8m and a €2m bonus — the equivalent of around £373,000 a week.
At least Tottenham supporters can finally put these lingering, seemingly perpetual rumours to bed.