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‘Close’ – World-class star opens up on almost joining Tottenham in summer

Juventus striker Paulo Dybala has admitted that he was close to joining Tottenham Hotspur in last summer’s transfer window.

Spurs launched a late attempt to land the Argentina international, which excited the North London supporters but eventually resulted in disappointment.

The reported Tottenham target stayed at Juventus and has gone on to have an impressive season so far in Turin.

Dybala has been asked how close he came to joining Spurs and admitted that the Serie A champions wanted to sell him.

“I was close to leaving,” the Argentine told The Guardian when asked about Tottenham.

“That was in the club’s thinking, I knew. Until the last minute, we were waiting.

“I have two years left on my contract. That’s not a short time but it’s not a long one either.

“We’ll see what plans Juventus have, if they think I might leave in the next market or if they want me to stay.

“That’s a decision for the club to make. It’s hard to know because things change in a second.”

Tottenham supporters were keen to see the club splash the cash in the summer after two windows without a new signing and the club making it to last season’s Champions League final.

Spurs brought in Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon, Jack Clarke and Giovani Lo Celso, but there was no addition of an attacking player.

This is starting to have an impact, with Tottenham currently without talisman Harry Kane and in need of signing a striker before the close of the transfer window.

Dybala would have been a star name at Spurs and a signing of real intent, but in the end the Argentina international’s name will be added to a long list of players that reportedly came close to moving to Tottenham.

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