Tottenham's move for Paulo Dybala has collapsed because of image rights issues
Tottenham's move for Paulo Dybala has collapsed on transfer deadline day, report the Evening Standard (opens in new tab).
Spurs had an offer of £65m accepted by Juventus on Wednesday, but the move will not go ahead on deadline day as hoped.
The Italian giants were said to be having second thoughts about selling him this morning, but the biggest issue is that Dybala's image rights are not owned by him. Instead, the Malta-based Star Image Company – owned by the Argentine's former agent, Pierpaolo Triulzi – hold them, but are demanding too much money to relinquish.
The north Londoners had been hopeful of completing the signing of the Argentina international, despite the anticipated complications.
Dybala had rejected a move to Manchester United earlier in the week, but Tottenham were quietly optimistic that they could agree terms with the forward.
However, the legal web means Dybala will be staying in Turin for the 2019/20 campaign.
Tottenham have also ended their interest in Bruno Fernandes after being put off by Sporting CP's asking price.
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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).