“Juventus position is now clear after meeting with Dybala’s agent today morning.” – Fabrizio Romani, Italian Football Journalist.
Paulo Dybala has been a mainstay in the Juventus side since his arrival from Palermo in 2015, playing a key role in five Serie A title triumphs. But it’s now been announced that the forward hasn’t been able to come to terms with the Turin side and he will find a new club this summer.
As he approaches 30, Juventus have decided to go in a different direction — marked by the recruitment of Dusan Vlahovic in the January transfer window. Indeed, that indicates a shift in direction for Le Zebre as they look to regain their Serie A crown.
Dybala has been linked with multiple clubs over the past couple of years but has remained in Turin to see out his contract. With the striker still hoping to be part of Argentina’s World Cup plans, he’ll be looking for another big move within Europe to enhance his chances ahead of the winter tournament. Let’s take a look at a dream, realistic and wildcard option for the diminutive front man.
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Dream: Liverpool (no odds at time of writing)
There have been multiple links between Dybala and Liverpool for the past two years, with an apparent mutual appreciation of each other. However, diving a bit deeper, it might be a deal that only makes sense for the player.
Adding Dybala to an already ageing front line doesn’t seem to be a move in keeping with the smart recruitment model in place at Anfield. There isn’t any doubt over the talent of Dybala, however, and Jurgen Klopp could see his ability in the final third as a way to overturn the dominance of Manchester City.
It seems an unlikely move, but Dybala would likely be keen and he certainly possesses the quality required to fit into the Liverpool squad. A transition from Roberto Firmino to Dybala could benefit the Merseyside club, but both age and wages could prove stumbling blocks.
A more realistic option could be a move to Tottenham this summer. Tottenham will, no doubt, have to handle speculation surrounding Harry Kane once again. Bringing in another top quality player to partner him could play a major role in convincing Kane his long-term future is in North London.
Wages are likely to be an issue for the deal to happen, but if Spurs are willing to agree to Dybala’s terms, they could add a player good enough to push them back into the top four of the Premier League. Antonio Conte, with his years of experience in Serie A, will be fully aware of Dybala’s talent and would surely represent a big draw for the play himself. Tottenham director Fabio Paratici was the one who brought Dybala to Juventus during his time there and his pull could do the same again.
A move to another Serie A side might not go down too well in Turin. Juventus lost their grip on Italian football last season when Inter claimed the title — the first club to stop Juve winning Serie A in nine years. Inter could further strip back their competitors’ dominance by signing one of their most prized assets.
Dybala would likely fit nicely into the set up at the San Siro, partnering fellow Argentine Lautaro Martinez in attack in Simeone Inzaghi’s 3-5-2 formation. With Edin Dzeko and Alexis Sanchez also competing for places in the Inter attack, Dybala would add further depth to the most lethal attack in Serie A this term (55 goals).
The move doesn’t look likely with the two sides being bitter rivals, but if Dybala wants to stay in Italy, Inter would be his most likely destination now that his time at Juventus is coming to an end.
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Will he stay at Juventus?
It has been announced that the two sides have been unable to reach an agreement and Dybala will leave the club this summer, ending his time with The Old Lady after seven years.