Paulo Dybala’s departure from Juventus at the conclusion of the season has been known for some time. Many feel the club made the correct decision not to prolong the brilliant Argentine, but Dybala will be dearly missed in Piedmont. In the same way that Michel Platini, Roberto Baggio, and Alessandro Del Piero did in their own times, he injected a touch of romanticism into the naturally tough Old Lady.
It’s difficult to say where he’ll sign as a free agent this summer. There’s no doubt that the team that signs him will be taking a significant risk.
Here’s a list of five potential suitors for Paulo Dybala:
The city of love appears to be ideal for a player of Dybala’s romanticism, and it’s easy to imagine the Argentine joining for free this summer with Paris Saint-Germain. With Kylian Mbappe about to go, the home of superstars will undoubtedly recruit once more.
PSG may bring in Dybala as a major name to not just replace Mbappe, but also keep their superstar contingent together. Signing La Joya, on the other hand, makes little sense until they can find a genuine replacement for the wonderful Frenchman. Otherwise, PSG’s lineup will be heavy on ball-to-foot players with no forward runners. They’ll be incredibly unbalanced.
Also, I’m not sure whether Dybala and Lionel Messi can get along. Due to their similarities, they’ve only played together for the national team a few times. So, while this move makes little sense to me, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Les Parisiens signing him.
Tottenham fans are still reeling from the 2019 image rights debacle. Spurs came close to acquiring a dissatisfied Dybala after their Champions League final loss to Liverpool, and the Lilywhites have been on the decline ever since.
Spurs fans are salivating once more at the prospect of signing Dybala on a free transfer this summer. However, the Argentine has progressed significantly since 2019, and he is no longer a good match for Conte’s Spurs. An increasingly fragile La Joya isn’t up to the rigours of the Premier League or the demands of Spurs manager Conte.
Paulo Dybala is said to have a good relationship with Diego Simeone. Even Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo declined to rule out a summer transfer for Dybala: “Dybala is a great player, but he is a Juventus player for now.” He continued: “We may or may not be interested. We’ll see; there’s still a long way to go until August”.
For all sides, this would be an unusual step. Simply said, it’s not a good match. Can you imagine Dybala under Diego Simeone, a fellow countryman? Simeone, on the other hand, has worked miracles with great technicians like Antoine Griezmann, transforming him into a gritty champion, while big-money Joao Felix is finally starting to come into his own following a couple of years lamenting himself for making the move to Madrid.
Even though he has an excellent connection with Atletico leader Simeone, I don’t see La Joya enjoying life with him. For this marriage to be fruitful, too many concessions will have to be made.
Inter CEO brought Dybala to Juventus during his time in Turin. This is perhaps the worst concern of many Juventus fans and a move that would severely harm Dybala’s image in Turin. It is, nevertheless, a possibility.
Inter CEO Beppe Marotta, who recruited Dybala from Palermo for Juve, has been tight-lipped about Inter’s interest in the Argentine, but he has refused to rule out a transfer. According to recent sources, La Joya is one of two free-agent acquisitions that the Nerazzurri are pursuing this summer. However, I can only see this one happening if Lautaro Martinez is shipped out. It wouldn’t make much sense otherwise.
So, as far as I’m concerned, Juventini can rest comfortably as long as Lautaro is on Inter’s books. However, Marotta’s proclivity for pulling a rabbit out of a hat makes the situation dangerous. Dybala is a fantastic match for Simone Inzaghi’s 3-5-2, and adding La Joya to accompany Gianluca Scamacca, who has been linked with a transfer away from Sassuolo, may transform Inter’s forward line.
With identical ideals to those instilled by his old boss in Catalonia, Xavi has quickly rebuilt a falling supergiant. The arrivals of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Adama Traore, as well as Ousmane Dembele’s opportune revival, have made Xavi’s side more unpredictable and explosive down the sides.
As a result, some may claim that Dybala is a player that Xavi does not require. He’s another ball-to-foot player whose impact outside of possession mimics that of Messi at the peak of his career. But the Catalans, who have been linked with a move for a centre forward this summer, can definitely consider acquiring La Joya on a free transfer and using him centrally with a couple of runners on each side.
While Aubameyang has made an immediate impact and provides Xavi with a clear goalscoring threat, his link-up play has a lot to be desired. Unlike Dybala, he fails to play off one touch with any accuracy. While Dybala lacks the former Arsenal striker’s penalty-box power or agility, he possesses the necessary skill and astuteness in terms of space occupation to properly play the false nine roles.
As a result, it’s a fascinating idea that I believe could work. I enjoy the prospect of Dybala joining La Liga and playing in Catalonia, but I’m not sure if Xavi will pursue him.