Liverpool have reportedly set their sights on Juventus midfielder Paulo Dybala, whose contract situation at the Turin club is on the ropes.
The Argentina international is out of a contract at Juventus in the summer and had begun talks with the Bianconeri to sign an extension. However, with the club reportedly agreeing a £63 million deal with Fiorentina for the transfer of Dusan Vlahovic, the contract talks have paused and his future at the club has been questioned.
Signing Vlahovic means that The Old Lady will have to free up some space in their wage bill and with Dybala earning around £250,000-a-week, allowing him to leave the club would be in their best interests as they prepare for Vlahovic.
Meanwhile, the Argentine is not short of admirers, with Serie A leaders Inter Milan reportedly lurking around to snap up the Argentine. Liverpool is now the newest club in the mix, as they have been reported by Daily Mail to be preparing a big offer for the midfielder.
Reports from Italy claim that Juventus intend to pick up the contract talks with Dybala after the January transfer window closes, with an offer of a lower salary. It remains to be seen if Dybala will accept the offer and choose to stay.
If not, Liverpool is ready to do battle with Inter Milan for the former US Palermo man’s signature in the summer.
Dybala has played 23 times for Juventus in all competitions this season, scoring 11 goals and providing four assists.
In an interview with Italian radio station Kiss Kiss Napoli, player agent Fulvio Valcareggi made a bold declaration that Liverpool may want to be wary of in their pursuit of Dybala.
Valcareggi does not represent the Argentine, however, he is privy to insider transfer information as a football agent. It is on the confidence of said information that he declared in his interview that Dybala will be a Nerazzurri player next season.
“Paulo Dybala will go to Inter, you’ll see,” Valcareggi declared on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.
“His rapport with the Juventus directors has completely broken down. Everything is in place for him to go to Inter.
“It’ll be a great transfer coup for the Nerazzurri, it’s all done!”
This is not the first time that Dybala has been linked with Inter, however. The Serie A leaders’ director general, Beppe Marotta, worked with Dybala in the past and was the man who originally signed him to Juventus from Palermo in 2015 for €41 million.