'I wouldn't exclude Tottenham': Spurs backed to swoop for 'complete' player who Paratici is 'crazy' about
Tottenham Hotspur director Fabio Paratici is “crazy” for Paulo Dybala.
This is according to Rino Foschi, who sold Dybala to Paratici when they were at Palermo and Juventus respectively.
The 75-year-old, who left the Sicilian club in 2019, was speaking to 1 Station Radio, via FC Inter News.
Spurs have been heavily linked with Dybala in recent months.
In March, Corriere dello Sport claimed Tottenham are still interested in Dybala following links in 2019.
Alasdair Gold recently downplayed speculation suggesting the Spurs director really wants Dybala.
“I’ve seen some reports say Fabio Paratici is a huge fan and wants him desperately,” he told his YouTube channel.
“From what I’ve been hearing, I don’t know if he is that desperate to sign him.
“It may come down to the fact of whether Conte really wants him. If Conte does, maybe they’ll push that bit harder.”
However, Foschi has now reiterated claims that Paratici is a big fan of the Argentine.
“I wouldn’t exclude Tottenham”
He spoke of how the Tottenham chief “wanted him at all costs” when he was at Juve.
Indeed, Paratici’s offer for Dybala blew rival suitors Napoli and Inter Milan out of the water, according to Foschi.
“To understand Dybala’s future, we must go back to the start,” he began.
“When I was at Palermo, I was close to selling him to Napoli in exchange for Jorginho and 20m (euros).
“Then I had a 15m offer from (Inter director) Piero Ausilio.
“Finally, Juve arrived with an offer of 30m cash on the table.
“The two directors didn’t agree with (Dybala)’s valuation.
“Marotta thought it excessive, while Paratici wanted him at all costs.”
Dybala’s contract expires in the summer and he has rejected the prospect of penning fresh terms.
Therefore, he’s all-but certain to leave Turin in the summer, and Tottenham could well swoop for him.
Foschi added: “Currently, the Inter path seems the most likely.
“But I wouldn’t exclude Tottenham, given how crazy Paratici is for him.”
“Quality to win the Ballon d’Or”
Dybala, one of the most high-profile forwards in world football, would certainly fit the bill for Spurs.
In 285 appearances for Juve, Dybala has registered 113 goals and 48 assists.
He has also captained the team on several occasions.
Dybala’s CV is impressive – five Scudettos, four Italian Cups and three Italian Super Cups.
“I feel he has become a complete player,” Alessandro Del Piero said in 2020.
And Massimiliano Allegri, upon returning to Juve, said: “Only Messi and Cristiano are better than Dybala.
“He has the quality to win the Ballon d’Or.”