Real Madrid have reportedly set the wheels in motion to land long-term Barcelona target Paulo Dybala with a £77 million plus Alvaro Morata offer to Juventus
The Sun are claiming that Real Madrid are ready to break the world record in order to land prodigious Juventus superstar Paulo Dybala. The player, who has been hailed as the ultimate successor to Lionel Messi, has been heavily courted by Barcelona and it seems Los Blancos are prepared to beat their rivals to the striker.
Paulo Dybala is a 23-year-old Argentine international who has become one of the most enterprising and entertaining striking prospects in world football since moving to Italy. The player was snapped up by Juventus before the 2015-16 season, after impressing for Palermo and the striker has only grown in reputation since making the switch.
Dybala has recorded a return of 22 goals and 12 assists in 44 Serie A games, with a goal ratio of one in every two games, something which is highly commendable. However, apart from the returns, his performances and dilly-dallying displays have brought about comparisons to global icon Lionel Messi.
And with the player being hailed as the one to ultimately take the baton over from his esteemed compatriot, interest from Barcelona has followed. The union between Barcelona and Lionel Messi is unlikely to continue for a very long time, which has compelled Barcelona to attempt a transfer for the 23-year-old.
However, there have been echoes of Dybala preferring a move to Real Madrid, which has come to the notice of Los Blancos. The current table-toppers have now reportedly submitted a £77 million offer for Dybala, with Alvaro Morata going the other way.
The report further states that Juventus have since asked for Real Madrid to add either of Luka Modric or Toni Kroos to the offer, something which has been swiftly rejected by Real. The present bid by Real Madrid does make sense for all the parties involved, pragmatically speaking.
Real Madrid will get, in Dybala, a player who has his best years ahead of him and is capable of playing at the highest level for the next 5-10 years. Juventus, on the other hand, will get a ready-made and like-for-like replacement in Alvaro Morata.
Morata’s spell at Juventus was highly successful, and even though the player has been content at returning to his boyhood club, a return to Juventus, this time without the axe of an impending return looming over his head could be welcomed by the Spanish international.
If Dybala is regarded as a phenomenal striker, Alvaro Morata is also hailed as a superstar, despite having a comparitively lower statistical return than the Argentine. But Morata has a better return than Dybala in Champions League, which is a huge positive and points to the big-game attitude of the Spanish international.
Given the fact that Real Madrid are serving a one-window transfer ban, the move is likely to pan out in the summer. However, the ban does not stop Los Merengues from reaching to a pre-agreement with Juventus for Dybala.
The negotiations are likely to continue for a longer time as Juventus would want to gain as much consideration as possible, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for the signature of Dybala. Barcelona still could have something to say about it. But this looks like a transfer battle that is leaning towards Real Madrid at the present moment.