Juventus have accepted Tottenham’s €70 million (£65m/$78m) bid for striker Paulo Dybala. The player is now set for talks with Spurs over contract terms as a move to the Premier League grows closer.
The 25-year-old has developed into one of Juve’s top players since his 2015 arrival from Palermo, helping the club to the Serie A title in all four of his seasons with the Bianconeri.
But Dybala has seen his future called into question after he took on a diminished role with Juventus last season following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Argentina international scored 10 goals in all competitions for Juve in 2018-19, down from 26 the previous season and 19 the campaign before that.
Dybala has been linked with a move to Manchester United, but talks over a swap deal involving Dybala and Romelu Lukaku have now ended, with Inter back in pole position to land the Belgian.
Mario Mandzukic was also involved in those discussions, but the Croatian is now unlikely to move to Old Trafford following the breakdown of talks between United and Juventus.
For Spurs, Dybala’s arrival would be a major statement following the cash infusion they gained from reaching last season’s Champions League final.
Spurs fell to Liverpool in the European showpiece in Madrid, but they are now eager to spend some of the money they earned from that run.
Tottenham have already made two signings this summer: Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon and Jack Clarke from Leeds, though Clarke has been loaned back to the Championship side for 2019-20.
Ndombele’s signing was the first incoming transfer for Spurs since they landed Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are angling to make more additions ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline, and Dybala is not the only big name who could potentially arrive in north London.
Tottenham have emerged as one of the only options for Philippe Coutinho, whom Barcelona are looking to offload ahead of the new season.
Spurs are keen on the Brazilian, with Christian Eriksen about to enter the final year of his contract and a renewal appearing unlikely. Manchester United have been linked with the Denmark international, who was also interesting Real Madrid earlier this summer.
Tottenham kick-off their Premier League campaign with a home match against Aston Villa on Saturday.