In football, nothing is constant. A sport considered a part of life is ever-changing and thus, every decade the football world gets to see new faces ruling the game. One such name arrived in Italy during the earlier part of the previous decade and many pundits expected him to become the next big thing in world football. Yes, you have guessed it right, his name is Paulo Dybala, the Argentine every fan wanted to have at their respective club.
Dybala arrived in Italy as a teenager after securing his move to Palermo. His transfer to Juventus back in 2015 put him under the spotlight as a star and at just the age of 21, Dybala became one of the most wanted prodigies of world football. The expectations around him just grew with time and he also had decent enough stats to back the hype up.
Nearly seven years since then and things have not gone as predicted. Currently, at the age of 28, Dybala faces himself on the verge of exiting Juventus as his contract demands were not met by the club. Many top clubs are interested in his service and here are the top 5 clubs that should look to bring him in this summer:
5) Chelsea FC:
An outside choice at the moment but the current UEFA Champions League title holders desperately need more players who can play in the half-space. Dybala brings in the qualities that suit Thomas Tuchel’s system and with the futures of Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic still under doubt, the club can pounce on the opportunity to sign a talented attacker like Dybala. Recently, Tuchel has revealed in an interview that he expects to get backing from the new owner of Chelsea and signing Dybala can become a very good first step in the right direction if the German manager demands the signature of Paulo Dybala.
4) AS Roma:
Another outside shout in our list is Jose Mourinho’s Roma side who are buzzing at the moment. There was a rumour recently that Juventus were chasing Nicolo Zaniolo and would not stand in the way of a swap deal between Zaniolo and Dybala. On one hand, this may lower the transfer fee of Zaniolo and on the other hand, both the clubs can get their hands on the players they want. The only concern for Roma may be Dybala’s wage demands and that’s what Jose has to sort out before the time runs out.
3) FC Barcelona:
A team that has been looking to rebuild for quite some time now under their new manager Xavi has already brought on talents that fit the Spanish manager’s system on either free transfer or cut price. They also opened up a lot of space in the wage bill by releasing or selling the players they did not need. The team is shaping up well and if they fail to tie down Ousmane Dembele for the long term, Dybala can become a great alternative option. With this, Barca will find their number 10 and a versatile player who can serve them for quite a few years.
One of the two English teams who are linked with Dybala at the moment is Arsenal. Mikel Arteta has already signed Martin Odegaard and has options like Emile Smith-Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli available at his disposal. So, considering all these and also Dybala’s wage demands, the move is quite complicated at this stage. Artera has already brought down the average age of the side during his reign and the next possible step for him is to further strengthen his squad. That’s why nothing can be ruled out at this stage as the summer transfer window is still a long way to come.
1) Tottenham Hotspur:
After a patchy start to his career as Spurs manager, Antonio Conte has found his feet back quite rapidly since his arrival in England. He has the experience of winning the English Premier League previously and knows what it takes to win in a competitive league under high pressure. One of the key factors behind lifting silverware is to surround the dressing room with great players and Spurs lack that at certain portions of the pitch. The addition of Dybala will bring in the ferocity and class this team needs in the attack and thus, Conte must get his hands on the Argentine.