James Rodriguez to Juventus, Mauro Icardi to Real Madrid and more: LaLiga Transfer Roundup, 7 February 2019
All the top LaLiga Transfer news, rumours and updates of the day in one place!
Barcelona and Real Madrid in race to sign Paulo Dybala
According to football consultant Ian McGarry (courtesy: Daily Star), Paulo Dybala could very well be on his way to Barcelona and Real Madrid. Dybala's time at Juventus, he claims, is coming close to an end.
Speaking to the Transfer Window Podcast, McGarry said,
“It’s been going on for a while, probably at least a year to maybe 18 months, with regards to Dybala’s desire to test himself outside of Serie A,”
“He’s a young man, 25, so you could say not even at the peak of his career. Remarkable return of 165 appearances for Juve, 75 goals, close to that magical one in every two games - and 31 assists as well.
McGarry claims that Dybala has made it clear to his kin that he has accomplished all he wants at Juventus and is now ready to look for fresh challenges.
“Dybala has made it clear both to his representatives, who happen to be his family, and also his teammates that having won the Scudetto, also the Coppa Italia, he feels like he’s done as much as he can at Juventus and he feels like he wants to leave now.
“This is common pathway from Serie A to La Liga and I would say the two most interested parties for his signature would be Real Madrid and Barcelona, although Barcelona clearly have quite a good stock of strikers already.
Barcelona's top players are now well into their 30s and they are on the lookout for fresh legs to replace them.
“But I think they have to start planning ahead with regards to both [Lionel] Messi and [Luis] Suarez being over 30 and maybe the introduction of a younger player like Dybala could help push them onto greater things, but also give them an option.
“However, I would not rule out moves by Manchester City and/or Manchester United. This is a player who’s within spending range. Contract runs out in 2022 but will be available for €110m or there/thereabouts, so you’re looking at just under the £98m mark.”
Signing Dybala will have its benefits as well as far as McGarry is concerned.
“As I said; great investment, has sell-on value, proven himself at the highest level, in Champions League as well, so my information is Dybala will agitate to move from Juventus this summer and the way that Juventus spend in the transfer market, even after the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, I think they already have plans to replace him.
“So I say Dybala, watch out. La Liga or Premier League, it will happen this summer.”