Rumours have been swirling about Paulo Dybala’s future all season long. With the Juventus forward’s contract set to expire next month, one of Europe’s elite is set to bag themselves a superstar striker free of charge.
And if the whispers are to be believed, the Argentina international could be wearing the famed blue and black stripes next season. Online bookmakers such as Bet365, who offer free bets on football, have made Inter the favourites in the race for Dybala. But who are their rivals in the battle for his signature?
It would seem that Antonio Conte’s Spurs are Inter’s nearest rival when it comes to securing La Joya’s signature. Conte, who was so impressive during his spell as manager at the San Siro, leading the Nerazzurri to their first Scudetto in over ten years last term, is now in pole position to steal Dybala away from under their noses.
Interestingly, the former Palermo man has already rejected Conte once before, during his time in charge of the Italian national team.
Conte, long an admirer of Dybala, attempted to get the 5-time Serie A winner to switch allegiances and represent the Azzuri at Euro 2016, only for the striker to reject his advances, stating that he could not represent a country that was not his and that he preferred to wait for Argentina’s call.
Should the current Spurs manager call him again this summer there’s every possibility that, this time around, the outcome may indeed fall in Conte’s favour at last.
Despite reports that Dybala has already agreed to play for the San Siro club next summer, both he and his agent have vehemently denied that any such agreement is in place.
And that rebuttal may just open up the door for Atletico Madrid. Back in March, there were similar rumours that the Juventus man had “chosen” to strut his stuff at the Wanda Metropolitano next season.
Manager Diego Simeone, a fellow Argentine, has long been an admirer and is desperate for a striker to replace the ageing Luis Suarez.
El Cholo has also previously expressed interest in current Inter striker Lautaro Martinez, however, he is unwilling to pay the €70m asking price on the poacher’s head.
Therefore he may turn his attention toward Dybala, who, on a free transfer, looks set to be this summer’s most sought-after striker.