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Report: Tottenham's Paulo Dybala Transfer 'Off,' Juventus Don't Want to Sell

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2019

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 06: Paulo Dybala of Argentina in action during the Copa America Brazil 2019 Third Place match between Argentina and Chile at Arena Corinthians on July 06, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur's proposed move for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has reportedly fallen through.

Speculation intensified in the buildup to Thursday's transfer deadline for English clubs that Spurs would move for the Argentina international. It had been reported by football journalist David Ornstein that the deal was not far off being completed:

David Ornstein @bbcsport_david

As mentioned on @bbc5live moments ago, the agreements for 25-year-old Argentina forward Paulo Dybala to join Tottenham are now very close #THFC #Juve #DeadlineDay

However, later in the day, Ornstein provided a disappointing update for Tottenham supporters:

David Ornstein @bbcsport_david

BREAKING: Tottenham’s proposed move for Paulo Dybala is OFF after Juventus ultimately decided not to sell the 25-year-old Argentina forward #THFC #Juve

It was reported by Sky In Italy (h/t Sky Sports) on Wednesday that Spurs had agreed a £64.4 million fee with the Italian champions for the attacker.

Tottenham have already completed the signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon in the current window and appear set for a busy day on Thursday. In addition to Dybala, they are said to be closing in on the signings of Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis and Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Spurs have made an offer of £55 million for Lo Celso, having managed to negotiate Betis down from their £60 million valuation. In the same report, it's said Tottenham will pay £20 million for Sessegnon and will send Josh Onomah to Fulham on a season-long loan.

Dybala has been one of the best forwards in Serie A in recent years. Last season, his form appeared to stall, as he was unable to find the net as frequently in the Italian top flight:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Paulo Dybala's 2018/19 Serie A stats Read @BenMcAleer1's article on the Argentine now -- https://t.co/kunlCqDrl1 https://t.co/Osr3WrkJZy

So often since his switch to Juventus four years ago, there have been signs of Dybala making the step towards becoming a world-class footballer. However, he has never found the consistency needed to be considered in that bracket.

The forward has all the natural gifts to be one of the best in the game. This is what he is capable of producing on the biggest stage:

Football on BT Sport @btsportfootball

Paulo Dybala is a special, special talent 😍 Here are all 11 of the Argentine's Champions League goals... Baller 🔥 https://t.co/1WlZXsr3pW

Dybala is a natural with the ball at his feet. He can dribble, create and score goals with ease when on form. 

With that in mind, some Juventus supporters would have been unhappy to see Dybala go. His departure would have capped off what has been a strange summer of outgoing players for the Italian champions:

B/R Football @brfootball

Juve's transfer business the last few days… 🤔 https://t.co/3EQ23gUfzf

For Spurs, a frantic final day of the window appears to be on the cards. Even without Dybala's arrival, Lo Celso and Sessegnon will add further dimensions to what is already an outstanding attack.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has developed a reputation for helping players enhance their game. There's no doubt it would have been fascinating to see the Argentina international work under his compatriot.