Paulo Dybala Transfer Odds: Dream, realistic and wildcard options
There are A LOT of transfer stories flying around right now but one that seems to be going under the radar regards the future of Paulo Dybala.
The Argentine was a mainstay at Juventus following his arrival from Palermo in 2015 and played a key role in five Serie A title triumphs. But at the end of the 2021/22 campaign he called time on his career with the Old Lady, bidding a tearful farewell to the Allianz Stadium as Juventus start a new direction with Dusan Vlahovic leading the line.
But as we hit July Dybala is yet to find a new club despite being linked with a number of big names across Europe since his future was essentially confirmed towards the end of the season. Although Dybala being a free agent does eliminate the need to enter talks with a club, there are of course still personal terms that need to be agreed, and some demands may be off putting.
With the forward 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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If we’re being honest, Dybala’s dream scenario would have been to stay at Juventus, but that’s not an option anymore so where else might he want to go?
There aren’t too many super clubs in for Dybala as they already have their attacks sorted, but one that the Argentine would surely be open to joining is Barcelona. Casting our minds all the way back to 2015, Dybala was very vocal about his desire to one day play for Barcelona, saying: “When I play with the PlayStation, I always choose Barcelona or Manchester City.
“I dream to play one day with one of those clubs.”
Barcelona did already sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and are reportedly looking to add Raphinha to their books, but with Ousmane Dembele’s future in the balance and Memphis Depay potential on his way out, there is still a need for depth up top. However, the big obstacle of course will be Barcelona’s financial situation that has meant they could only recently officially announce the signings of Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen despite the deals being agreed a while ago.
A more realistic option, and maybe the realistic option, would be a move to Manchester United. The Red Devils are starting a new life under Erik ten Hag and are in serious need of a rebuild across the pitch. While the midfield is the most pressing requirement, recent news could have Man Utd searching for forwards too.
At the time of writing, Cristiano Ronaldo’s future is currently in doubt and the Portuguese forward is being linked with a move to Premier League rivals Chelsea. So Man Utd may need someone to form their attack alongside the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.
But even if Ronaldo does stay, Man Utd might still look to bring Dybala in, rekindling their partnership from Juventus that brought two league titles and 93 goals (70 for Ronaldo, 23 for Dybala) in 93 games.
A move to another Serie A side might not go down too well in Turin, especially when it is to Juventus’ title rivals. Dybala has been heavily linked with a move to bitter rivals Inter Milan, but CEO Giuseppe Marotta appears to have ruled that out, saying: “Dybala’s part of the free agent players available on the market – he’s and he was one of the opportunities, but we’ve already completed our attack with very good players.”
But what of AC Milan? The newly-crowned Serie A champions are reportedly interested in signing Dybala as they look to ensure their win was not a one-off, aiming to retain the Scudetto for the first time since 1994.
Milan are definitely in the market for an attacker too, also linked with Hakim Ziyech and Charles De Ketelaere, so a move for Dybala wouldn’t be inconceivable.
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