Tottenham are set to seal one of the surprise moves of the transfer window by agreeing a deal to bring Argentine Paolo Dybala to White Hart Lane for a fee believed to be £69 million.
Dybala has been the subject of a high profile transfer involving a swap deal for Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, but that foundered, apparently because of the player’s wage demands, and unwillingness to take a pay cut because United are not playing Champions League football this season.
That gave Tottenham an opportunity, and they have reacted quickly by reaching an agreement with Dybala’s club Juventus for his transfer, although personal terms have yet to be agreed with the player.
The talented Argentine has found himself on the fringes of the first team at the Serie A champions since the arrival at the club of Cristiano Ronaldo, and he scored just 10 times last season.
If he does sign, it will be the second time this window that Spurs have broken their transfer record, having already acquired Tanguy Ndombélé from Lyon for £64 million.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.