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Is the man Arsenal missed Juventus’ next €100m superstar?

| 24.10.2016

Football Italia, Goal.com and The Sun are all repeating a rumour supposedly started in Spanish paper AS regarding a €100m Real Madrid move for Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, though it’s unlikely to be completed any time soon.

Los Blancos and neighbours Atletico Madrid are currently under a transfer ban until January 2018 for breaching regulations, after Barcelona served the same sentence for similar offences during 2015.

Nevertheless, Real are reportedly lining up a bid similar to the new world record set by Manchester United when capturing Paul Pogba during the summer, with the second and third most expensive players on the planet –  Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo – both residing at the Bernabeu.

Dybala, who turns 23 next month, was repeatedly linked with a move to Arsenal during his final season with Palermo, when the six-cap Argentina international scored 13 Serie A goals and laid on 10 assists.

The lure of the Old Lady proved too strong for the Gunners to compete, with Dybala firing home another 19 Serie A goals in just 34 games during his first season at Juve – 29 of them starts – following a €32m switch from the Stadio Renzo Barbera in the summer of 2015.

Only Gonzalo Higuain – now Dybala’s forward partner for club and country after his €90m move from Napoli over the summer – scored more in the Italian top flight last term, with a mocking tally of 36.

At more than six years younger, Dybala has time to catch up to his compatriot, but the Cordoba native will need to look a little sharper in Europe before being considered among the world’s best.

Having bagged just once in seven Champions League appearances last term – five of them from the off – getting off the mark for the campaign in his side’s 4-0 win away to Dinamo Zagreb suggests improvement, as Dybala’s sole continental goal in 2015/16 didn’t arrive until February.

Juventus are 12/1 to win the Champions League for the first time since 1995/96.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Iain Houten

Iain has been contributing pieces to various websites on an array of subjects, including sports, politics and art, for over four years. Despite blue being his favourite colour, the teams he supports all wear red.