Reports coming out of Italy have linked Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala with a move to Liverpool Football Club but Jack Hallows isn’t so sure.
I want to believe this, I really do.
It’s been fairly quiet on the transfer front since the commencement of the 2018 World Cup in Russia but Liverpool have now been sensationally linked with a move for Juventus and Argentina attacker Paulo Dybala.
The Reds have supposedly made contact with Italian agent Gustavo Mascardi – said to be close to Dybala – and will look to make a “concrete offer.”
Equally sensational reports have linked the Italian giants with a stunning £88m move for Cristiano Ronaldo and it’s believed that in order to fund this move, the Serie A winners will have to first sell some of their big names.
The move would certainly make sense for Liverpool who are desperate to add some firepower to their squad after it became clear during last season’s Champions League final that beyond their incredible front three, there is a major drop off in terms of goals and attacking quality.
With a move for Nabil Fekir having stalled – or completely fallen by the wayside depending on who you believe – and Xherdan Shaqiri reportedly weighing up the option of extra playing time at the likes of Southampton, it would also make sense that the Reds would be looking at alternative options. Especially one of Dybala’s pedigree.
The Argentinian certainly fits the profile for a Klopp forward signing.
Having scored 22 league goals in 33 appearances for Juventus last season playing primarily as a ’10’ but also as a centre forward and winger, Dybala would offer serious flexibility and injection of guaranteed goals to the Red’s options.
The former Palermo forward is also adept at creating chances for his teammates and notched five assists alongside his 1.6 key passes per 90 in the Italian league over the 2017/18 campaign.
Combine that with 2.8 successful dribbles per 90 and an ability to take penalties and free kicks and you truly do have a readymade alternative to Nabil Fekir who arguably would represent an even more talented buy than the Lyon captain.
The move can be argued to make sense for Dybala himself too.
Despite boasting a reputation as one of the brightest young attacking talents currently playing in European football, Dybala has failed to even contest a spot in the Argentinian national side and didn’t feature at all during their disastrous 2018 World Cup campaign.
If the 24-year old is seen as needing to take his game to the next level, where better to do that than the Premier League? And what better manager than Jürgen Klopp?
Unfortunately, however, while the thought of Dybala donning Liverpool Red with the recently vacated number 10 on his back is enough to make any LFC fan salivate, if Ronaldo does go to Real Madrid then don’t be shocked to see the Argentinian go the other way.
The potential to “include Dybala in the CR7 affair,” is even mentioned in the initial reports linking the forward with a move to Merseyside and it doesn’t take much to research to see how keen the Spanish club supposedly are on Dybala and vice-versa.
It would be highly unsurprising if these links have come entirely from Dybala’s agent in an effort to force the player into Real Madrid’s plans and make him their next ‘Galactico.’
Alternatively, it also wouldn’t be surprising to see Liverpool attempting to use the media as a way to force Lyon’s hand over selling Nabil Fekir by enquiring into alternatives.
I guess like any transfer rumour, we’ll just have to wait and see but I wouldn’t get your hopes up on this one.