Tottenham transfer target Paulo Dybala has previously rejected Antonio Conte as Spurs’ reported interest in the Argentine grows. Dybala could leave Juventus ahead of the 2022-23 season as he is out of contract in June.
Dybala has not yet agreed a new deal with the Serie A side and has been linked with a departure.
The 28-year-old could sign a pre-contract agreement with a non-Italian club from the start of this month.
That would allow him to make a switch at the beginning of July.
And Dybala’s stance on leaving Juventus has come to light in a huge boost to Spurs and some foreign suitors.
According to Tuttosport, the forward does not want to join another Serie A club out of respect to Juve.
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The former Palermo man could therefore join Spurs or fellow interested party Barcelona.
The LaLiga side are wanting to bolster their ranks despite huge debts, with former midfielder Xavni Hernandez now at the helm.
However, Dybala has previously rejected Conte in a major blow to the 52-year-old’s chance of a deal.
Conte was head coach of the Italian national team when the Laguna Laga-born star was deciding his international future.
“I think that especially in this league, because the level is very high and you have to play a lot of games, if you want to have ambition, to be competitive, to fight for something important, you have to have 20 [outfield] players,” Conte said last week.
“Two players in every role. For sure, as a coach it’s very difficult to decide to keep Harry on the bench, but at the same time, when you play the way we played in the last period – six games in 17 days – every coach has to have the possibility to make rotations and don’t drop so much the level.
“Otherwise it’s difficult for the coach to make rotations because you want the best, but you have to know that if you want to be competitive, you need a couple of players for every role.
“Between the player who usually plays, and the other player, the gap has to be not so big in every role. This is a problem for all the teams.”