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Paulo Dybala recorded ‘Juventus farewell video’ before Tottenham deal collapsed

Paulo Dybala was so convinced that he was on the verge of leaving Juventus for Tottenham last summer, that he even went to the lengths of recording a video saying goodbye to fans.

Dybala was told he was surplus to requirements at the Turin club after a disappointing season of playing second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo, who had arrived from Real Madrid 12 months prior.

The Argentina international saw his Serie A goal tally diminish from 22 to just five after he was shunted out on to the wing to accommodate Ronaldo.

Juventus were reportedly willing to accept a £60m offer from Tottenham for Dybala, who had already talked on the phone to then manager Mauricio Pochettino.

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Premier League rivals Manchester United also expressed an interest in signing the 26-year-old, but Italian outlet La Gazzetta claims that it was the London side that wanted the forward most.

Talks were believed to be at such an advanced stage that Dybala had even recorded a goodbye video, which would’ve been uploaded and posted once the deal had been confirmed.

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Reports in the aftermath of the window closing suggested a move to Spurs did not happen because of the striker's exorbitant wage demands, with image rights a major sticking point.

Dybala’s agent Jorge Antun said following the collapse of the proposed transfer: “I did speak to the English club, but the stories about the commission were not true. There were simply issues between the two clubs.”

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The former Palermo ace has since forged himself as a starter for Juventus, making 17 appearances in Serie A, with 13 of them starts, and scoring five goals.

The Bianconeri hammered Udinese 4-0 on Wednesday night, with Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain linking up for an outrageous goal which saw the duo play three consecutive one-twos before the latter slammed home.

Maurizio Sarri's side lead Inter Milan by two points in their quest for ninth Scudetto in a row.

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