Despite Pep Guardiola’s insistence that Manchester City will not be making any signings this January (via Sky Sports), there are still rumours flying around about who could join the Citizens be it now or in the future.
And one name currently being linked with a move to the Etihad even after Guardiola’s words is Juventus’ Paulo Dybala with Tuttosport going as far to say an offer has already been made for the 25-year-old by the Premier League champions.
With that in mind, how does Dybala compare to compatriot and the man who he could eventually replace, Sergio Aguero?
A forward blessed with heaps of technical ability, Dybala enjoys playing in the No.10 role where he is able to pick up the ball and take on opposition defenders with his dribbling skill before creating a chance or going for goal.
The Argentina international, though, is very much capable of playing up front, something echoed by his manager.
“I could play Dybala as striker. I think it’s possible, yes. If you remember, this is something we already tried a couple of seasons ago,” Massimiliano Allegri was quoted saying last September (via Goal).
“If we play with this system, we need two wingers playing more offensive because Paulo is not a player who only plays in the box, he likes coming back and he makes the team play very well. Therefore, I have to use him according to his characteristics.”
This term, Dybala has not been at his prolific best having managed to find the back of the net on just two occasions in 17 Serie A appearances. However, last season, he was able to score 22 goals in 33 league games while he also hit double figures in the campaign prior, showing the goal-scoring ability is there.
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Aguero is the role model for Dybala or any young Argentinian forward hoping to one day be a success in Europe.
His goal-scoring record since joining Manchester City from Atletico Madrid back in 2011 has been phenomenal. And when watching him play, it is not hard to understand why.
Aguero’s movement is exceptional, while he has the finishing prowess to match it. The pair have often made the difference for Manchester City down the years and truly separate the 30-year-old with every other No.9 in the Premier League bar Harry Kane and, in this moment of time, possibly Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Should Dybala end up in a sky blue shirt, Aguero would be the perfect mentor before handing over the reins to the Juventus man who is not at his level just yet.
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Aguero has been a great servant to Manchester City and, at 30, he still has seasons left at the very top level.
That being said, a club as well run as Manchester City probably already have contingency plans in place for the day Aguero calls time on his Etihad career with Dybala being the perfect heir.
The former Palermo player, alongside Gabriel Jesus, could guide the Citizens to more success ahead of Liverpool and the rest of the Premier League big boys.
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