Manchester City have entered the race to sign Paulo Dybala and are now ahead of Real Madrid in the pursuit of the Juventus forward, as per reports.
According to Javier Matallanas in his blog for Spanish newspaper AS, Manchester City have entered the race to sign Juventus forward Paulo Dybala. He also states that the Citizens have overtaken Real Madrid and are now leading the chase for the Argentinian superstar.
Paulo Dybala continues to grow in stature in Italian football. After three impressive years at Palermo, for whom he scored 21 goals in 90 matches in all competitions, he made the move to Juventus for €32 million in 2015.
In a season and a half since then, Dybala’s stock has only risen further, with the Argentine forward improving his scoring rate significantly while becoming an influential figure for Massimiliano Allegri in no time.
The 23-year-old forward surpassed his Palermo tally in one season as he scored 23 goals in 2015/16 season as Juventus won a league and cup double. And this season, he has continued from where he left off, netting eight times while assisting a further four goals in 23 appearances in all competitions.
His exploits with the Bianconeri has seen the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona being heavily linked with a move for the forward. While Barcelona seem to have cooled off their interest in Dybala, Real Madrid remain interested with Karim Benzema rumoured to be on the way out the Santiago Bernabeu exit door.
However, according to Matallanas, Manchester City have now entered the race to sign Dybala and are now actually leading the chase to be better positioned to land the diminutive Argentinian. And City’s interest in Dybala is not new by any means.
Dybala (Palermo): “When I play with the Playstation, I always choose Barcelona or Manchester City. I dream to play with one of those clubs.”
— City Watch (@City_Watch) February 11, 2015
In fact, City were in the race to sign the 23-year-old from Argentine second division for Instituto de Cordoba, but he chose to sign for Palermo instead. With Sergio Aguero being linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium after losing his place in the first team to Gabriel Jesus, Dybala could just be the sort of replacement that Pep Guardiola would want in his team.
Dybala, though, on his part iterated recently that he is happy at Juventus currently and despite links to several clubs across Europe he could soon be renewing his contract with the Serie A champions.
However, it is also important to note that Dybala once stated his love for City, claiming that the Citizens are one of the clubs he dreams to play for. So, with that in mind, City could be heavy favourites to sign Dybala whenever the move does take place eventually.