Tottenham are moving closer towards the stunning capture of Paulo Dybala after agreeing a £69 million deal with the Italian team, according to Sky Sports. Even though Spurs have the big task of being able to agree terms with the player still in the limbo, it is a major sign of intent from Mauricio Pochettino just a few days ahead of the new Premier League season.

Paulo Dybala was close to making a switch to the Premier League but with Manchester United, who are discussing a potential swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku and the Argentine forward. However, the move fell through due to Dybala’s request for wages of around £350,000 per week. It would have made Dybala the second-highest earner in the Premier League.

The Argentine has been dubbed as the ‘next Messi’ for several years, but he has been overshadowed at Juventus since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo. Maurizio Sarri also does not appear to favour Dybala, as the team is being built around the Portuguese.

The astronomical wage demands by the 25-year-old proved a problem for Manchester United. It remains to be seen if Spurs will break the strict wage structure, which has been a huge factor behind the club’s healthy financial position, to bring in a player who no longer appears to be the first choice at Juventus. Harry Kane is the highest-paid player at Spurs and he is on £250,000 per week. The England international will not take it kindly to see himself drop down the list.

Tottenham have been looking to make a mark in the window for quite a while, but it is quite remarkable that chairman Daniel Levy has started his flexing his muscles twice in this window already. The arrival of Tanguy Ndombele for a club record £65 million was a major sign of intent by the club. After managing to reach the status of a Champions League finalist, this is a key time for Spurs to either move forward or regress.

As the future of Christian Eriksen at Spurs continues to remain doubtful with Manchester United ready to pounce on the midfielder, there is a strong need of a quality playmaker, who happens to be highly influential in Pochettino’s system. Dybala is indeed a great option, but the likelihood of signing the 25-year-old remains low considering his stratospheric wage demands.

Aware of the situation, Spurs are also keeping tabs on Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho, who is also unwanted at the Camp Nou. After Liverpool’s attempts to sign their former player fell through, it appears that Daniel Levy is looking to make a shrewd move in the market by signing the Brazilian on a loan deal till the end of the season. This would give Levy the opportunity to strengthen the squad with a quality player without being held to a ransom by a top star like Dybala.

Another player who has been of major interest for Spurs is Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes. He has reportedly agreed a deal worth around £100,000 per week while the club have agreed a £65 million transfer fee.