According to several reports from various Italian publications (via Sport Witness), Tottenham Hotspur are one of a number of clubs plotting a move to sign Paulo Dybala this summer – with the forward having failed to agree a contract extension with Juventus, meaning he will become available on a free transfer at the end of the current campaign.
Indeed, Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Fabio Paratici’s position at Spurs gives the Premier League side an immediate advantage over the rest of the competition for the Argentina international’s signature, as the managing director was the man to sign the £36m-rated Dybala for Juventus back in 2015.
Meanwhile, Corriere dello Sport suggest that Antonio Conte’s role as the Tottenham coach will only intensify the north London side’s interest in a move for the 28-year-old, as the Italian is said to be a huge fan of the £222k-per-week attacker.
However, with Spurs having recently committed £37.5m to the signing of Dejan Kulusevski – a player who has highly impressed since his January switch to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – does Conte really need a player in the mould of Dybala this summer? Our writers give their verdicts below…
“Unless Daniel Levy is planning for a very busy and expensive summer, Dybala really shouldn’t be high on his list of priorities. Where exactly does he fit into Tottenham’s current 3-4-3 formation? Will his £222k-per-week wages be worth it? Who drops to the bench in his place? It’s a huge risk – unless Antonio Conte is planning for a tactical re-shuffle.
“Fabio Paratici needs to look at the problem areas in the squad first – such as at full-back and in the heart of the Spurs defence – before he looks to make a marquee signing up-top. However, perhaps he is preparing for life without Harry Kane – in which case the signing of Dybala on a free would be a brilliant piece of business.”
“If Spurs were to sign Dybala on a free transfer, it would be a great piece of business for the club – as well as being something that highlights the benefits of having Paratici and Conte pulling the strings behind the scenes.
“Spurs supporters will be rubbing their hands together at the mouth-watering prospect of the Argentine playing alongside the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in what could become an incredibly deadly trio – something that would undoubtedly make Tottenham a force to be reckoned with next season.
“Possessing impeccable technical ability and a clear eye for goal, Dybala has shades of Aguero about him. Also, given the pedigree the 28-year-old has from his trophy-laden spell at Juventus, not to mention boasting a wealth of Champions League experience, Dybala will have the exact sort of mindset that Conte wants in his players.”
“It would be an obvious – almost lazy – move given the historic links between Dybala and Paratici. Lazy is not always a bad thing, though, as the 28-year-old would strike up an instant connection with both Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski at Spurs, allowing him to hit the ground running.
“He would offer Conte further strength-in-depth in his three-man attack, as well as affording the Italian the chance to switch up his formation. Dybala can play out on the right, in the number 10 role or as a centre-forward – something which means Spurs could utilise him in a multitude of ways in order to link up with the likes of Kane, Son and Kulusevski.
“The Argentine is at his best when cutting in off the right to bend the ball into the far corner with his left foot in Arjen Robben-esque fashion. He also catches the eye with his diminutive and silky play in possession as he drops deep to pick the ball up – in a similar vein to Kane – and his technical ability is one of the reasons why he could be a phenomenal signing.”