Tottenham Hotspur’s late summer pursuit of Paulo Dybala has been well-documented. But a recent report (by The Daily Mail) has suggested that Mauricio Pochettino could have used Christian Eriksen to land Dybala.
Pochettino turned down the opportunity to complete a part-exchange deal with Eriksen heading to Juventus. Dybala could have moved to Tottenham instead but this deal never went ahead.
Eriksen’s future at Spurs is still surrounded by uncertainty. The Denmark midfielder has refused to sign a new contract amid reports of interest from Juventus and Real Madrid.
Tottenham want to keep Eriksen but it seems the player has his heart set on a change of scenery. With his contract expiring next summer, Spurs are running out of chances to cash in on Eriksen.
But Pochettino could have used Eriksen as part of the deal to lure Dybala to North London. The Argentina international nearly joined on deadline day but this move fell through. He could move to another club before the European window slams shut.
This seems like a wasted opportunity for Tottenham. Eriksen has his heart set on a Tottenham exit so using him to secure a world-renowned attacking talent would have been good business.
Dybala could have strengthened Tottenham’s team and he would have been cheaper because of Eriksen heading in the other direction. If Eriksen leaves on a free transfer next summer and Dybala is no longer available, Spurs could kick themselves over this.