Newcastle United have expressed an interest in Juventus contract rebel Paulo Dybala, joining Arsenal in the race, according to a report.
Dybala will leave Juventus at the end of the season, when his contract expires. The two parties have not been able to come to an agreement over a renewal. It means he will be on the move for the first time since 2015.
There will be plenty of interest in the 28-year-old’s services on a free transfer. He could either continue elsewhere in Serie A, or try out a new adventure in a different league.
For example, several Premier League clubs could take the chance to sign the attacker. Dybala has already been linked with Arsenal, who are evolving in the final third. Tottenham could also be another option.
Newcastle’s interest appears to be new. They are currently planning for their first summer transfer window since their change of ownership.
During January, the new owners helped them make four permanent signings and one loan addition. They may not be quite as busy in the summer, but have the chance to prove their ambition.
Adding another forward is on their agenda after the arrival of Chris Wood a few months ago. The ex-Burnley frontman could be paired with another striker of different qualities.
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Dybala has adapted as either a number 10 or a number nine throughout his career. He would be capable of performing in a potential strike partnership.
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However, neither Newcastle nor Arsenal have advanced their interest yet. What’s more, he may prefer to wait and see what offers arise from Italy.
AC Milan could keep him in Serie A, for example, as could their rivals Inter.
It should all come down to what Dybala is looking for from his next club. If his motives are financial, Newcastle should be able to compete.
Alternatively, if it is about the sporting project, the Magpies may have to make a more convincing pitch.
Premier League survival is looking more likely, but it may yet be a few more years before they can compete at European level. At his age, Dybala would presumably want to continue at the highest level possible in the here and now.