Taking to social media, journalist Jack Gallagher of 90min has shared some big post-January transfer news out of Manchester City involving Juventus forward Paulo Dybala.
The Lowdown: Sky Blue striker hunt…
City recently confirmed the signing of electric Argentine striker Julian Alvarez from River Plate, with the 22-year-old re-joining his previous club on loan until the end of 2021/22.
Despite his massive potential and comparisons to club legend Sergio Aguero, reliable sources indicate that Alvarez’s arrival at Eastlands will not affect sporting director Txiki Begiristain’s hunt for a world-class centre-forward in the summer (The Athletic).
Pep Guardiola’s side are still without a recognised out-and-out senior option, discounting Gabriel Jesus, who has shone in a makeshift right-wing role this season.
City’s use of the false nine system to cope with their striker shortage has resulted in yet another sublime Premier League campaign thus far as they sit top of the pile.
However, in some post-window news, 90min reporter Gallagher has shared a development involving Serie A star Dybala.
The Latest: Dybala ‘offered’ to Man City…
Dybala’s contract in Turin runs out at the end of 2021/22, giving Premier League clubs the chance to snap him up for free this year, with the Argentine’s representatives due to ‘fly around Europe’ for ‘talks’ in the weeks ahead.
The Verdict: Something to consider?
After the Citizens missed out on Tottenham striker Harry Kane last summer, much has been made of Begiristain and co’s possible efforts to sign Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Braut Haaland. Sam Lee of The Athletic believes that the Norway striker favours a move to Real Madrid, but City will fight tooth and nail to sway him towards Eastlands.
However, if Haaland becomes a no-go, should Dybala be considered as a free agent signing for Guardiola?
His best Serie A season to date yielded a return of 22 goals and five assists in 33 top-flight outings over 2017/18, but the 28-year-old hasn’t come close to matching those numbers since (Transfermarkt).
His £222,000-per-week wages could also be a point of contention for the club, and despite former Premier League goalkeeper Paul Robinson calling him ‘world-class‘ recently, we believe he may be one to avoid for City, especially with the recent capture of another South American hotshot.
In other news: Txiki eyeing ‘magnificent’ star for Pep as club may now consider cut-price Man City bid…find out more here.
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