Paul Pogba is widely regarded as the jewel in Juventus’s crown, but it’s one of his teammates who’s currently making waves in Italy.
Paulo Dybala has been excellent since joining the Old Lady in a €32 million deal from Palermo last summer and further enhanced his burgeoning reputation on Wednesday night with another terrific goal against Inter in the Coppa Italia.
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Barcelona’s technical director, Robert Fernandez, has recently been in Turin paying close attention to the Argentina international and has been left suitably impressed.
So impressed, in fact, that Barcelona have scrapped their initial plan to sign Celta Vigo’s attacking winger Nolito this month. The Catalan giants now want to save that €18 million and instead spend it on Dybala, who will cost around €60 million, this summer.
Dybala is good enough for Barcelona
Fernandez believes Dybala’s movement, pace and technical ability makes the 22-year-old an ideal signing for Barcelona.
Sport add that Barcelona have already initiated contact with Juventus over the South American forward. The two European giants have a good relationship due to the presence of sporting director Ariedo Braida, while Juve appreciated the manner in which the Pogba negotiations were handled last summer.
Dybala wants to play alongside Messi
Dybala, one suspects, would be open to the idea of joining Barcelona, where his idol Lionel Messi plies his trade.
He recently told reporters - per Goal - that he has a “desire” to play with his compatriot, although presumably on that occasion he meant at international level.
Pogba: Dybala can reach Messi's level
Incidentally, Pogba recently suggested that Dybala is so talented that he could one day reach Messi’s level - high praise indeed.
“He can get there,” Pogba was quoted as telling La Stampa by the Daily Mail when asked if Dybala can emulate Messi. “Do you know what I call him? Square R2, the button that you have to push on a PlayStation to do a shot on the turn -- he always gets goals like that.
“Has he surprised me? No, because I always said he was a phenomenon. To do what he has done, playing for Juve, is something phenomenal.”
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