Manchester City have overtaken Real Madrid in the race to sign Juventus superstar, Paulo Dybala, according to Javier G. Matallanas’ ‘ConfidenciAS’ column for Spanish newspaper AS.
Dybala has been a sensation at Juventus since his €32 million move from Palermo in 2015, with 31 goals in 65 appearances for the Old Lady. This has led to many of Juventus’ fellow European giants being linked with a move for the 23-year-old, including City.
Almost five years ago, City were said to lead the race for Dybala when he played in the Argentine second division for Instituto de Córdoba, but in the end he headed for Serie A, where he broke out at Palermo.
#mcfc are leading the race for the 'new Aguero', £5million-rated Paulo Dybala (18) of Argentine second tier side Instituto. [Mirror]
— City Watch (@City_Watch) July 5, 2012
His value has skyrocketed since he moved to Juventus and any deal to sign him could approach world transfer record levels. According to Matallanas’ column, Real Madrid could look to replace Karim Benzema with Dybala, but his bold claim is that City have positioned themselves ahead of Madrid in the hunt for Dybala’s services.
Juventus are very good at keeping hold of players, but when the right offer comes, they will sell – as we found out last summer when Manchester United broke the world transfer record to re-sign Paul Pogba.
Although City have ruled out any sale for Sergio Agüero, should he leave, be it next summer or in the next couple of years, Dybala would surely be a good candidate to replace him and partner up with the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling in an exciting young strike-force.
And if a previous comment of his is anything to go by, Dybala might welcome the chance to hook up with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.
Dybala (Palermo): "When I play with the Playstation, I always choose Barcelona or Manchester City. I dream to play with one of those clubs."
— City Watch (@City_Watch) February 11, 2015