Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has told BBC Sport that Paulo Dybala would have been a ‘game-changing’ recruit.
Spurs were heavily linked with a move for the world-class forward throughout the closing stages of the transfer window.
It wasn’t to be, however, and terms on an arrangement couldn’t be struck.
Tottenham did get deals for Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso over the line, prior to the deadline.
They also signed Jack Clarke from Leeds but he will spend the 2019/20 campaign back at Elland Road on loan.
Jenas was speaking to BBC ahead of the new Premier League campaign and he feels that Dybala would have been a quality addition.
He told the BBC: “Spurs were within two points of City at Christmas last season then fell away, which was down to a lack of depth in the squad.
They have had a go at addressing that problem with the signings they have made, and they do look stronger.
They didn’t get Paulo Dybala though, who would have been a game-changer.”
The 25-year-old stayed at Juventus on deadline day, after the Italian giants performed a u-turn and opted not to sell.
Dybala is paid £114,000-a-week in Italy (Total Sportek) and would have been an astonishing coup for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
It wasn’t to be however and Jenas clearly feels that Spurs might wonder ‘what if’ as far as the Argentina international is concerned.
Jenas is right as well. Dybala might have transformed Spurs into a side that could have challenged Liverpool and Manchester City for the title.
As it goes, it could well mean another season scrapping it out for a place in the top four instead.