Tottenham have made excellent strides in the market this summer, as the club have broken their transfer record with the arrival of Tanguy Ndombele. The squad has also been pruned with the departures of Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente. After facing much criticism about the lack of transfer activity last summer, chairman Daniel Levy is a happy man. The club have now gone on to sign a club record deal with AIA for shirt sponsorship, which will now net the club an incredible £320 million.
Spurs are definitely short on numbers up front following the departure of Llorente and Janssen. Levy has not ruled out of the likelihood of seeing more new faces at the club. According to Daily Mail, he said:
“We don’t feel the pressure. Our view is, wherever we can, we will improve the team.”
Interestingly, his comments come at a time when Spurs have made enquiries about the availability of Paulo Dybala. The Juventus star is being pushed aside as new boss Maurizio Sarri gets ready to build a team around Cristiano Ronaldo – despite the Portuguese star’s age.
Dybala is seen as the ‘next Messi’ and he appeared to be on his way to stardom in Turin before Ronaldo’s arrival. There was plenty of interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, as his pedigree and quality will be coveted by some of the best clubs. However, there has been a sizeable decline in the importance of being given to Dybala since Ronaldo came to the club.
Last season, Dybala went to his first campaign since making the move to Juventus in 2015. The Argentine returned with 10 goals in 42 games after having managed significantly more in the previous campaigns. His 2017-18 campaign remains the best to date after managing 26 goals in 46 games. Ironically, one of those goals happened to come against Spurs in a 2-1 victory.
After having taken several years to break the club transfer record with the signing of Ndombele, Spurs may be tempted to go again. Since Dybala’s stock has taken a hit following the mediocre campaign, the 25-year-old could be available for around £80 million. His contract with Juventus runs until the summer of 2022. Therefore, there is no pressure on the Italian team to sell the player, but the vast acquisitions made by the team in this window may make such an offer quite tempting.
Juventus have been extremely active in the window with Sarri backed with the signings of Aaron Ramsey, Matthijs de Ligt, and Gianluigi Buffon amongst others. Most of the acquisitions have been to strengthen the defence and the offensive positions are likely to remain similar.
Sarri encourages the creative players to express themselves and it remains to be seen if Dybala will profit from those tactics.
Meanwhile, the opportunity to link up with a striker like Harry Kane and a midfield like Dele Alli will sound enticing. Spurs, meanwhile, will be able to send a statement of intent to most of Europe with a signing like Dybala. Daniel Levy claimed that it is possible for Spurs to still sign players in this window. He has left the door open to a world of possibilities.