Liverpool are reportedly keeping a close watch on the situation of Paulo Dybala, whose contract with Juventus is set to expire at the end of the season.
According to reports in British media, as relayed by Calciomercato, Liverpool are considering making a swoop for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala in the summer transfer window if he does not sign a new contract with the Italians.
Dybala has been with Juventus since 2015 when he joined from Palermo and enjoyed great success in the early years of his career at the Allianz Stadium. However, the 28-year-old’s stock took a major hit after 2018 when Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in Turin to replace him as the main man at the club.
Dybala endured a difficult run over the past couple of years with Juventus and had been linked with an exit from the club on multiple occasions during this period. However, he stayed put in Turin and has again re-emerged as the talisman following Ronaldo’s departure to Manchester United this past summer.
Indeed, Dybala has already netted eight goals and set up four more in just 15 games in all competitions. In comparison, he had just eight direct goal involvements from 26 appearances last season. While he has enjoyed a rise in stature in Turin, the Argentine international’s time at the club could be running out as his contract expires in the summer.
With Dybala’s current deal running out in less than seven months, Liverpool have been alerted to the possibility of signing him up on a free transfer in 2022. The Reds are looking to bolster their attacking ranks as they look to add more quality and depth to the squad while addressing the over-reliance on Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Furthermore, Roberto Firmino’s form has been a bit up and down over the past year, while he has recently turned 30 as well. So, it would bode well for Jurgen Klopp & co. to look to freshen things up in their frontline. And Dybala, who can play through the centre as a striker or a false nine, or on the wings, can provide the manager with another quality option in the attacking department.
At 28, Dybala is in his peak years and with him set to be available on a Bosman move, it would be a risk-free move for Liverpool, although his wage demands could prove to be a hurdle. Juventus, for their part, are still hoping to renew his deal as well. And, should that happen, it is unlikely that the Reds would pursue the ex-Palermo forward.