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Will we see a Juventus star in the Premier League next season?

Wednesday 1st March 2017
Higuain, Dani Alves, Juan Cuadrado, Claudio Marchisio, Leonardo Bonucci are a few of Juventus' top players to date. With the exception of Cuadrado, it's a surprise that not many of the Italian side have graced the most expensive league in the world. However, one particular player which will have definitely caught Premier League scouts eyes, is 23-year-old, Paulo Dybala.

Since joining from Palermo just two years ago, Dybala has become a household name at the Juventus Stadium, especially with his outstanding free kicks. Just last week Dybala netted a curling effort from a wide free kick past his former team (Palermo). Since joining in 2015, the short, pacey and tricky attacking frontman has netted 26 times in 53 appearances, an incredible statistic. You would have to assume that other European giants are looking at the 23-year-old trying to put together another hefty deal for a Juventus player.

A leading Premier League contender would have to be Manchester United. Since Pogba left the Serie A side, Dybala has stepped up and arguably filled his role with confidence. Working alongside Pogba in midfield would make perfect sense, particularly as the midfield is regarded as the weakness in the United side at this present time. Money-motivated Manchester City will also be in the frame; their financial power could prove too strong for anyone else, as Guardiola will look to strengthen his side. City are in desperate need of a strong free kick taker as well as an inspirational spark from midfield. They may have Gabriel Jesus, but in Dybala, they have experience; something that cannot be taught.

Arsenal could pull off the transfer, with securing signings in the past few years of Sanchez and Ozil. If Arsenal areto go for the title next season, in possibly one of Arsene Wenger's last seasons with the London club, then this signing would make perfect sense. Not only would it help them achieve their targets, but it would also resettle Alexis Sanchez who is currently seeking a move away from the Emirates in a bid for more success. Conte's Chelsea are probably one of the least likely to sign the attacker. They already have quality in the likes of Hazard, Willian, Pedro and Fabregas; Dybala must surely see that it would be harder for him to ground a starting place for a while at the Bridge. Finally, the least likely is Spurs. If Real Madrid do end up with their current spurs target, Dele Alli, then Spurs may have the money to fill Alli's position in midfield. It would be a perfect replacement for the London side, whether they could pull it off is another question.

However, two major reasons that stand in the Premier League's way of securing the Dybala signing are Real Madrid and Barcelona. They're currently the favourites to sign the Argentine, with Barcelona offering the possibility of playing alongside national teammate, Lionel Messi, whilst Madrid is allowing him to play alongside some of the world's best talents. A tough decision lies ahead for the young talent, with Juventus keen for him to sign a new contract. Who knows, football is a crazy game.
Jack Drury
19 years of age. Sport and Exercise Science Student at Loughborough University. Peterborough United.

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