Tottenham report: Spurs and Arsenal both want Paulo Dybala – and one factor could swing it

Tottenham and Arsenal could battle over the signing of Juventus striker Paulo Dybala this summer, according to reports.

The Serie A outfit confirmed last month that the Argentine international will not be at the Allianz Stadium next season.

The two sides failed to agree on a new contract for Dybala, who has been a Juventus player since 2015.

The former Palermo man is unlikely to run out of offers despite a disappointing last couple of seasons at Juve.

Corriere dello Sport he writes that both Arsenal and Tottenham have held talks with Dybala’s agent, Jorge Antun.

The Gunners could sign at least two new strikers this summer as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his squad.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left the Emirates Stadium for Barcelona in January, while Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah ended their contracts in June.

Lacazette has struggled to score goals this term, netting just four in 25 Premier League appearances, while Nketiah has found chances hard to come by.

It’s not immediately clear how Tottenham could use Dybala given the fantastic recent form of Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and Dejan Kulusevski.

However, Spurs managing director Fabio Paratici was the man who brought Dybala to Juventus in 2015 and that existing relationship could be a big factor.

The Argentine was close to joining Spurs in 2019, but the deal fell through after lengthy negotiations over his image rights.

Manchester United have also been linked with Dybala in the past, but it is not known whether Erik ten Hag, who will take charge of Old Trafford in the summer, will seek a free agent deal.

If it turns out to be a two-horse race, Arsenal or Tottenham finishing fourth in the Premier League could have the upper hand.

Dybala has scored 113 goals in 285 games in all competitions for Juventus.

They have won five Serie A titles and four Coppas Italia during their time in Turin, finishing as runners-up in the Champions League in 2017.


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