A report out of Italy via CalcioMercato reckons that Tottenham is one of the four teams closely monitoring Juventus forward, Paulo Dybala. Now, stop the laughing because it may not sound as ridiculous as it looks. Oh ok, carry on laughing, it is as ridiculous as it looks.
We have been here before with Dybala and as most of us knew full well at the time, it was never going to happen. So why would now be any different?
The thinking goes as follows, he is yet to sign a contract extension at Juve and with just six months left on his current deal, his valuation is dropping by the minute.
So, we can probably afford him but what about his wages? Well, there are various reports claiming he wants anything between £10m to £12m a year and if we take the latter figure, that equates to £1m a month or for the sake of rounding it up, £250k a week.
We could probably stomach that as well, especially if Harry Kane agrees to a new contract on a higher figure.
But what of Champions League football? Ah, there is an issue that is not easily resolved but we should not ignore the Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici effect, which some may believe balances things out.
Dybala is 28 and Conte is crying out for an experienced playmaker and so everything fits into place, right?
Maybe if you squint your eyes enough.
Daniel Levy did bring back an elderly past his best ego-driven Gareth Bale and so the idea that the chairman only signs players with a resale value is no longer the case if it ever was.
So what could stop this fantasy signing? The other clubs that are interested in the Argentine, that is what.
Inter Milan, Barcelona and Manchester United are also interested claims the same report. So let’s think this through for a minute.
Inter Milan, currently the best team in Italy and guaranteed Champions League football and for a 28-year that means he will probably finish his career at the top in a league he knows like the back of his hand.
Barcelona and United are, well, Barcelona and United and even the most deluded Spurs fan will probably accept that the lure of playing for those sides is somewhat bigger than playing for Tottenham.
Could Dybala end up at Tottenham, I suppose he could, would I bet on it? Nope, not a chance in hell would I waste a penny on such a bet.