Real Madrid have reportedly earmarked Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona, as a priority signing.

Spanish publication Sport have broken the story that Real Madrid are planning to compete with and trump Barcelona in their pursuit of Juventus striker Paulo Dybala. Club president Florentino Perez aims to make Paulo Dybala as their first big signing after their transfer ban ends and would also inflict an off-field defeat to Barcelona, who did the same with the capture of Andre Gomes earlier in the summer.

Paulo Dybala has often been described by many as the ultimate successor to Lionel Messi and Barcelona have been linked with a move for the Juventus man. The Argentine international moved to Juventus from fellow Serie A outfit Palermo and has grown into a world-class forward at the Old Lady.

The 22-year-old notched up 19 goals and 9 assists in the Serie A last season and has started the current campaign in similar form with 3 goals and 2 assists to show for his efforts in just 8 league appearances thus far.

Dybala’s links to Barcelona were confirmed by the player himself, with the Juventus front-man confirming an approach from the Catalan club in the summer, which was swiftly rejected by the Argentine, opting to remain a Bianconeri.

A stark resemblance to another Argentine sensation? (Picture Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images)

A stark resemblance to another Argentine sensation? (Picture Courtesy – AFP/Getty Images)

Real Madrid, too, have been previously linked with an audacious €100m swoop for Dybala and given the length of the transfer ban, which is yet to start, Real Madrid have already started plotting their future moves once the ban gets lifted.

Dybala, too, is unlikely to move during the phase of Madrid’s transfer ban having only recently signed a contract extension, one which sees his contract expire in 2020.

Barcelona, too, would find it hard to assure the Argentine of regular playing time at the present moment with the likes of Neymar, Suarez and Messi guaranteed starters while the Catalans have just signed a similar player in the form of Paco Alcacer in the summer.

Real Madrid’s own attacking trio – Bale, Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo – are the first names on the team-sheet while Alvaro Morata’s return from Juventus coupled with the rise of Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez have given the squad the much needed depth.

But, by the time the ban is lifted, majority of the trio of BBC and MSN would be heading into their 30s and it could be a suitable time to find proper replacements for the respective superstars. Juventus have already seen one of their global stars leave for a world-record fee and Dybala could just match or even eclipse Pogba’s move if and when it happens.

But, as of right now, it seems more like a matter of when than if.

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