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Chelsea and Tottenham are interested in Dybala

 

Chelsea and Tottenham are reportedly ready to go head-to-head this summer to lure Paulo Dybala away from Juventus.


According to France Football, via SportWitness, both Premier League sides are 'willing to pay €55million (£48m)' to sign Dybala, who will enter the final year of his contract in Turin this summer.


Juventus' early Champions League exit, in which they lost to Porto on away goals in the last-16, has increased the need to offload players this summer and Dybala, who has fallen down the pecking order under Andrea Pirlo, is seen as a potential trading chip at the end of the season.  


Dybala has been sidelined since January with ligament damage and Pirlo has persisted with Cristiano Ronaldo, Federico Chiesa, Alvaro Morata and Dejan Kulusevski as his attackers. 


The 27-year-old has managed just three goals and two assists in 16 games this season.


He appeared to be on the verge of a switch to the Premier League with Tottenham in 2019 before that deal collapsed over an issue with image rights.


Manchester United, in that same summer, were said to have explored using Dybala in a swap deal for Romelu Lukaku, before he ended up joining Inter Milan.


But despite being named Serie A Most Valuable Player last season as Juventus wrapped up a ninth consecutive season, no new deal has been secured and the Old Lady will not want to lose him for nothing in 12 months' time.


Quizzed last month on whether Dybala is in Juventus' long term plans, sporting director Fabio Paratici remained coy. 


'Paulo still has a few problems - it's like he's on a swing,' he said. 


'Some days he's better and others he's worse. He seemed okay [last week], then he felt some pain again. We have spoken [about this contract], we have been speaking and will continue to speak in the next few days and months.'


Juventus' decision could be made for them to sell after they announced a loss of nearly £100m in the first six months of the 2020-21 season.


The Serie A giants, who are 10 points adrift of leaders Inter Milan, claim around £43.5m has been lost due to the impact of coronavirus. 


Clubs across Europe are announcing financial losses this season due to the pandemic and Juventus, one of the biggest clubs in Italy, are no different.


Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli met with the club's board of directors earlier this month to approve the financial report of the first half of the season, which showed the Italian giants' losses have doubled compared to last year due to the virus.  


A Juventus statement read: 'During the first half of the 2020-2021 financial year, the continuation of the pandemic generated a significant negative impact on revenues (mainly from competitions and products), which can be estimated at approximately 50 million euros (£43.5million). 


'Vice versa, the impact on costs was not significant, as the savings related to the lack of competitions were partially offset by costs related to the pandemic (primarily, for health safety and protective devices).


'The first half of the the 2020-21 financial year therefore ended with a loss of €113.7 million (£99.07million) compared to the loss of €50.3 million (£43.83million) in the first half of the previous year.'  

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