Tottenham can keep manager Antonio Conte happy by signing Juventus striker Pablo Dybala, who almost signed for the north London club under Mauricio Pochettino. Conte joined Spurs in November, but some players reportedly fear the Italian will quit if he isn’t backed in the transfer window.
Tottenham had apparently reached an agreement with the Old Lady to sign Dybala for around £60million in August 2019 as Poch oversaw his final transfer window as Spurs boss.
But Tottenham pulled out of the deal on deadline day after issues with the player’s image rights.
Clubs commonly obtain image rights for the players they sign. But in recent times, some players have decided to sell off their image rights to media companies.
Dybala, who is now valued at £45m by Transfermarkt, had sold his image rights to Malta-based Star Image Company, which was owned by his former agent Pierpaolo Triulzi.
Spurs clearly felt it would be a problem to sign a player and not be able to use his image to promote merchandise and shirts. So the transfer fell through.
And he also has 31 caps for Argentina, although he has incredibly only scored twice for his country.
Tottenham have risen to sixth in the Premier League table since Conte took the helm.
The 52-year-old is yet to taste defeat with Spurs in the Premier League after guiding his side to five top-flight wins and three draws.
And the flamboyant boss will be hoping to build on his impressive start in the capital when Spurs host Arsenal on Sunday.