Tottenham’s attempts to sign Juventus forward Paulo Dybala have collapsed.
Spurs were looking to complete a stunning late deal for the Argentine international on deadline day but negotiations have been called off.
According to BBC Sport, Juventus are the ones who have abandoned the deal after deciding to keep hold of one of their prized assets.
Spurs had reached a deal with Juventus for a transfer in the region of £69million (€75m) but it was proving hard to agree personal terms.
Dybala wanted £300,000 per week, which would have eclipsed current top earner Harry Kane’s £200,000-a-week deal.
Dybala himself had asked for time to consider his future before committing to a move to north London and it seems he sees his future still in Italy.
Dybala scored during a pre-season run-out on Wednesday evening against Novara, who play in Italy’s third tier, Serie C.
Gonzalo Higuain, Mario Mandzukic and Matthijs de Ligt were also on target for the Old Lady, as new coach Maurizio Sarri watched on during a comfortable 4-0 win.
Mauricio Pochettino will now be forced to look elsewhere for reinforcements with time running out in the transfer window.
Spurs are said to be close to agreeing a deal to sign Real Betis attacking midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon.
They were closing in on the signing of Lo Celso on Wednesday night and were on standby to move for Bruno Fernandes if they were to encounter any late problems.
Betis’s Lo Celso has been Pochettino’s top choice though the £88m price tag for the attacking midfielder – his buyout clause valuation – was proving a major stumbling block earlier in the window.
But the clubs were close to agreeing a fee with Betis of around £60m for the 23 year-old on Wednesday night.