La Liga 2016/17: Barcelona to turn to Paulo Dybala to save their season

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Is Dybala the answer?

After a stuttering start to their season, Barcelona are turning to Juventus’s Argentine sensation Paulo Dybala to be their saviour. Luis Enrique is supposedly weighing up a €60 million move for Lionel Messi’s compatriot.

We are almost halfway through the season and La Blaugrana find themselves six points behind La Liga leaders and their fierce rivals, Real Madrid. They would have fallen to third place following their draw in the El Clasico but Sevilla faltered, losing 2-1 away at Granada. 

This is not the first time Barcelona have shown an interest in signing the Juventus man. Late in 2015, Barca scouts were present at many a Juventus game, with their sporting director, Robert Fernandez being spotted at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan during Juve’s Champions League clash against Sevilla on November 23rd

Dybala too has gone on record saying he would love to play alongside Barca’s superstar and his countryman Lionel Messi. In response to being asked if he would like to play against Messi, Dybala categorically responded by saying, “No, I would love to play with him.”

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Dybala has played six times for Argentina, but has never been on the pitch at the same time as Messi. 

Messi too has said that there is a huge amount of potential that Dybala possesses. He even went on to claim that Dybala is ‘the future’. “Paulo is a great player with a big future. I’m sure he will give people a lot to talk about in the coming years,” stated La Pulga.

The Catalans could do with a player of Dybala’s ability. Their approach recently has been criticised as being “pass to Messi and hope”. Their new signings for this season, Paco Alcacer, Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez have not really performed to the ability that they were perceived to. In addition, Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are still yet to reach the heights of last season. 

Dybala has scored only four goals this season, but despite being top of Serie A, even Juventus have not had performances that match the levels of the past two seasons. The 23-year-old had joined Juve in the summer of 2015 and scored 20 goals in his first season with the Old Lady. 

There is still a question mark over where Dybala will fit in with the system. But with Andres Iniesta not getting any younger and Gomes and Denis Suarez not being at the top of their games, he could well play as the most advanced of the midfielders. Also, with Alcacer firing blanks, Dybala could double up as a back-up to anyone of the MSN trio. 

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