Paulo Dybala could seek a move away from Juventus this summer, according to the player’s brother.
The Argentine striker has so far mustered just 22 Serie A starts this season, with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer seemingly pushing him down the pecking order.
Could Dybala leave Juventus? Five key things to know…
- Despite scoring 22 Serie A goals last season and playing a prominent role, Dybala has found playing time more scarce this term.
- The acquisition of Ronaldo from Real Madrid has seemingly pushed Dybala out of the spotlight.
- Last month Juventus legend Marco Tardelli suggested Dybala is ‘suffering’ because of Ronaldo’s presence.
- And the 25-year-old’s brother has now conceded Dybala “needs a change”.
- Following Antoine Griezmann’s decision to leave Atletico Madrid, Dybala has been linked with a move to the Spanish capital.
Dybala has been named in the Serie A Team of the Year for the past three seasons, but his exploits have waned under Massimiliano Allegri this term, with the Old Lady clinching just the single piece of silverware.
A domestic double is par for the course in Turin, but Allegri’s side fell short in the Coppa Italia – as well as the Champions League – putting his own future in doubt at the Juventus Stadium.
But while the managerial situation appears uncertain, Dybala’s own circumstances do not according to his brother, who claims ‘The Jewel’ may look to leave the club when the season concludes.
“There is a big chance that Paulo will leave Turin, he needs a change,” Gustavo said in an interview with Radio Impacto show Futbolemico, as reported by Goal.
“He was very comfortable in Italy but he isn’t any more – like many other Juventus players.
“He is not the only one who will leave.”
Gustavo then turned his attention to the question of Ronaldo, insisting that while no problem has developed off the pitch, there is certainly one on it.
He added: “Problem with Ronaldo? No, off the field there is no problem with Cristiano. The problems are on the field: Paulo is young, he has to play.”
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Where could Dybala end up?
The South American phenom has been consistently linked with a move away from the club throughout the campaign, with strong rumours of a move to Manchester United cropping up at one stage.
Other elite clubs have been associated with his signature including Inter Milan and Bayern Munich, but uncertainties remain as to which league Dybala will be plying his trade in next season.
The latest club to emerge from the rumour mill is Atletico Madrid, who will be desperate to find a forward as potent and lethal Griezmann, who has already revealed he will leave the Wanda Metropolitano.
Atleti would demand a bumper price for their prized asset, meaning they could find themselves flush with cash as they look for a successor, potentially opening the door for Dybala to pitch up in Madrid.
A move there would make sense given the Argentine connection between Dybala and Diego Simeone, not to mention the club will be desperate for a talismanic forward given Griezmann’s departure, and Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata’s struggles for consistency.