Spurs News

‘Won’t cost a penny’ – Italian journalist insists that Spurs can finally replace Eriksen with a £36m-rated gem


Italian journalist Niccolo Ceccarini claims Spurs are ‘at the window’ to sign the Juventus attacker on a free transfer after the Serie A giants announced that the Argentinian would be leaving the club, writes the FFC.

The north Londoners have been named as potential suitors, bolstered by the influence of sporting director Fabio Paratici, who played a key part in signing him for the Old Lady back in 2015, joining from Palermo.

Atletico Madrid are also keen on Dybala but both sides will have to wait for the 28-year-old to make a decision on his long-term future after the current campaign, where he has featured in 29 matches for Le Zebre.

Now valued at £36m by Transfermarkt, Dybala would be something of a bargain for Spurs this summer.

Despite doubts over his future at the Allianz Stadium, the 32-cap international has still delivered 19 goal contributions (13 goals, six assists) from 23 starts across the Serie A, Italian Cup and Champions League.

That correlates into a goal or assist once every 101.5 minutes – not bad for someone that has suffered from his fair share of injuries during his time in Italy.

The 2019/20 campaign saw Dybala register some of the best numbers of his career, managing a whopping 17 goals and 14 assists across 46 appearances, as per Transfermarkt.

During the course of his time in Turin, the versatile frontman has also played a variety of positions, making him a very attractive prospect for manager Antonio Conte – most naturally a number 10 or second striker, he has also been deployed on both wings and up front.

Just imagine the sorts of numbers he could put up alongside Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Dejan Kulusevski – a mouthwatering attacking quartet.

“I feel like he’d be unstoppable with Kane because he’s not a number nine, so he’s got to be playing alongside a striker like that,” once claimed Serie A expert Conor Clancy to Football FanCast. “I’d have him as a number 10, like that support striker which will give him a little bit of freedom to move.”

Tottenham have long lacked this sort of presence, at least dating back to the departure of Christian Eriksen in January 2020. That much is evident by the fact that Conte has happily shipped his two potential replacements – Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso – out on loan at the start of the year.

Aside from his obvious talent in front of goal, the 28-year-old dynamo has averaged 1.6 key passes and registered 1.9 dribbles per game, via WhoScored, which suggests he’s a more than capable ball-carrier and playmaker, too.

Ex-Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey has been taken aback by this ability in the past, he told The Athletic:

“I can just confirm that Dybala is an unbelievable player. He’s very gifted — a team player — and some of the things he’s done in training and some of the games this season has been quite breathtaking.”

Meanwhile, Dybala has earned comparisons to Diego Maradona, with current Spurs star Kulusevski believing that he possesses a “magical left foot.”

Paratici, and particularly Tottenham, could do little wrong in trying to snap up the Argentine this summer, especially on a free transfer. It could prove to be remarkable business, at least on the above evidence.