Paulo Dybala’s future has long been up in the air, but it now seems the 23-year-old Argentine is all set to announce his final decision.
Since joining the Serie A champions in 2015 from Palermo, where he really made a name for himself, the South American sensation has emerged as one of world football’s most sought-after players.
Indeed, Barcelona see him as Lionel Messi’s long-term successor, while Real Madrid have previously seen their staggering €90-100 million bid rocked back by Juventus. Dybala also rejected an €80 million switch to Barcelona last summer, as he was looking to prolong his Juve career.
But according to Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo, the striker is looking for a new adventure, and has already decided which club he would like as his next stop.
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They report the Argentine striker has assured Real president Florentino Perez that he will join the Madrid giants in the near future.
Dybala, who last month confirmed that he hasn’t put pen to paper, is said to be pushing Juventus to ramp up his valuation before signing new contract.
This latest update will certainly come as a big blow to Barcelona, who will now have to look somewhere else to find Messi’s long-time successor, and it’s not only for financial reasons.
What also works in Real Madrid’s favour is the possibility of offering James Rodriguez in a swap deal, which they are currently weighing up. Juventus would also find any offer involving Rodriguez difficult to turn down, given Dybala wants to leave.