Tottenham are 'close' to reaching an agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Paulo Dybala with both clubs 'hopeful' of finding a conclusion - despite no deal being done yet.
Dybala's future has been one of twists and turns throughout the summer, although it looked as if he was set to remain in Turin after the significant challenge of agreeing personal terms with the Argentine appeared to stunt Spurs in their efforts to sign him.
The forward was seemingly unwilling to lower the wage demands that saw a proposed move to Manchester United fall through, with image rights also posing a hurdle, although the clubs are edging ever closer to an agreement according to the BBC's David Ornstein.
While Ornstein stresses the deal is not done, it now seems all-but inevitable that the 25-year-old will make the move to north London after an apparent breakthrough in negotiations.
Landing Dybala could be the catalyst that allows Christian Eriksen to leave - with the Dane heavily linked to La Liga rivals Atletico and Real Madrid in the past few days.
Meanwhile, The Sun had previously claimed while personal terms had been agreed between player and club, image rights were holding up a move - with Malta-based Star Image Company owning the rights to Dybala.
Such issues seem to have been ironed out, with Tottenham willing to meet the forward's apparent wage demands of 'at least' £300k-per-week, according to the Daily Mail, making him the highest earner at the club. These were issues that prevented Manchester United from signing the Juventus player after the proposed swap deal with Romelu Lukaku collapsed.
Tottenham's renewed interest in a deal comes off the back of their failed attempts to sign Sporting CP's Bruno Fernandes. Ornstein adds that discussions were ended over the proposed fee for the Portuguese international and as United opted to pull out of a move for Dybala, Spurs swooped in for the Argentine ace.
While talks appear to be heading towards a successful conclusion, conflicting reports from Dan Kilpatrick of the Standard would suggest they aren't as straight forward as they seem. While wages are agreed, there are fears that their will not be enough time to finalise agent fees and image rights, given the window slams shut at 5pm.
However, if all goes to plan, then Daniel Levy will have acted quickly on the move and Dybala would become Spurs' third signing on deadline day - as moves for Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso are set to be announced in the next few hours.
Source : 90min