Paulo Dybala’s exploits during his two seasons with Juventus has seen him become a subject of immense transfer speculation with Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG interested.
There has been lot of noise surrounding the future of Juventus and Argentine starlet Paulo Dybala, especially after enjoying yet another stellar season with the Old Lady. According to Don Balon, Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG are set to wage a three-way battle for the €100 million-rated striker.
Apparently, Dybala has refused a contract extension at Juventus and is looking for a bigger challenge after spending a large part of his career thus far in Italy. The Argentine, like his countryman Lionel Messi, is more about the technique, skill and pace than physique which is why he would probably be a good suit for a La Liga outfit like Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Even PSG are in the mix to sign the youngster as they’re still looking for a viable replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his departure to Manchester United last year. The French giants have relied solely on Edinson Cavani in attack this season and Unai Emery could use more fire power at the top to propel his side back to the top of Ligue 1 next time after losing out on it to AS Monaco last time around.
That said, the Ligue 1 doesn’t exactly present the challenge Dybala is looking to leave Juventus for. So unless a ridiculous pay package comes his way from the Parisiens, there is little chance the 23-year-old will take that route at this point in time in his career.
That pits La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona against each other in the ring as they look to lure the Argentine to their respective clubs. With Los Blancos reportedly set to sell Alvaro Morata to Manchester United, an aging Karim Benzema will be all that’s left in the striker role.
So one can expect Zidane to pursue Dybala more aggressively than his Barcelona counterpart Ernesto Valverde given his desire to defend his La Liga and Champions League crown.
The Catalans on the other hand have the services of Luis Suarez in his prime and a not so capable back-up in Paco Alcacer. The Spaniard who arrived from Valencia last term has largely endured a disappointing season with the Blaugrana owing to a lack of playing time and an inability to compete with the Uruguayan for first team place. He has still managed 8 goals and 4 assists and at 23 is still a player with bags of potential .
But should an opportunity arise to swap Alcacer services with that of Dybala, you can be rest assured that Valverde and the Barcelona hierarchy would jump at the first sight of it.
There’s no questioning Dybala’s quality and what he’d bring to his potential suitors and hence it’ll be interesting to see where the Argentine lands himself at the end of the summer.