Barcelona have reportedly stolen a march on Real Madrid and Manchester City in pursuit of Paulo Dybala by signing a secret pact with Juventus.

Spanish publication Don Balon have reported that Barcelona have secured a huge advantage over Real Madrid and Manchester City in their pursuit of Paulo Dybala, with the Spanish giants signing a secret pact with Juventus to bring the Argentine to Camp Nou.

Paulo Dybala’s stock continues to rise in Italy and Europe. He is currently one of the indispensable figures in the Juventus dressing room, with the Bianconeri constantly depending on his contributions in attack to blow their opposition away.

The exciting young forward has made quite the impression in Italy for being a player who has dangerous eye for goal and superb skills on the ball. And in over 18 months with Juventus, he has racked up the numbers as well, bagging 31 goals and 14 assists in 70 appearances for the Italian champions.

He has long established himself as a pivotal figure in Massimiliano Allegri’s first team plans and has notched up 8 goals and 5 assists in 24 games in all competitions for the Bianconeri this season.

Celebrating a move to Barcelona? (Photo courtesy - Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images)

Celebrating a move to Barcelona? (Photo courtesy – Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images)

Surely enough, his superlative performances in attack for Juventus have seen Dybala spark an interest in him from several clubs across Europe. The likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid have all been looking for attacking reinforcements in the summer and were heavily linked with a move for the 23-year-old in recent months.

But, Manchester City were recently reported to have taken the lead in the chase to acquire Dybala, with the Citizens being long-time admirers of the Argentinian forward’s talents.

Sergio Aguero’s position at the Etihad Stadium is uncertain, and with Pep Guardiola possibly looking for a replacement, Dybala looked like the sort of player who fits the description of a hard working forward the Spaniard likes to work with.

However, it now looks like Barcelona are back in the hunt for Dybala and have actually secured an advantage to sign the Juventus forward. This is despite recent reports that Dybala was going to sign an extension, which was later confirmed by Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta confirming the same earlier this week.

Barcelona are comfortable with Dybala signing the new deal as they have managed to secure a secret pact with the Bianconeri. The deal was secured by the Blaugrana’s international soccer advisor Ariedo Braida, and it will eventually see Dybala represent Barcelona when Luis Suarez’s career with the Catalan club ends.

Dybala, according to the report, dreams of playing for Barcelona, and would be the long-term successor for Luis Suarez. If these reports are indeed true, Barcelona could well have pulled off a massive coup by securing a deal for a player who is being touted for big things.

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