Remember that 48 hours in the summer when we thought Tottenham Hotspur may actually sign Paulo Dybala from Juventus?
And remember the giddy feeling when you read that Spurs would return for the Argentine forward in January, using Christian Eriksen in part-exchange, at least according to Italian news outlet TuttoSport?
Well, get ready to be disappointed all over again.
Dybala has dashed Tottenham fans’ hopes of their most exciting addition since Rafael van der Vaart by revealing to Corriere della Sera, via the Daily Mail, that he never wanted to join any of the clubs he was linked to in the summer, which makes for depressing reading for Manchester United too.
“It wasn’t an easy summer”, the Mail quotes him as saying.
You and us both Paulo.
“Hearing your name linked to every team and every place, where you don’t want to go, isn’t a nice thing. But this is football, even if before the transfer window opened I said: “I want to stay here.”
“I think it was more important to let the pitch do the talking, even if until the last day no-one knew what would happen. I wanted to stay, I wanted to play here and continue my career at Juve.”
Dybala has started Juve’s last four Serie A games and scored his first goal of the season in last Sunday’s 2-1 win over title rivals Inter Milan.
It seems that new Juve boss Maurizio Sarri is happier to keep the 25-year-old in Turin than the summer gossip columns suggested.
Onto plan B in January. Anybody got a number for Leandro Damiao?