Sadly the script was wrong. Barely a season after the aforementioned move, the Argentine could be well on his way out of the club.
At the start of the transfer window, reports suggested Liverpool were considering move for the 25-year-old and were willing to spend heavily on him.
While the Merseyside club have seemed pretty quiet in the course of the window, it’s been nothing similar to talks of Dybala’s future.
The 25-year-old has most recently been at the centre of a deal with Manchester United which would have seen striker Romelu Lukaku move to Turin, but Dybala is claimed to have turned down a move to Old Trafford.
And now, Tottenham are said to be close to a deal to sign Dybala from Juventus, after reportedly agreeing a £65million deal.
The English transfer window ends in less than 48 hours and ideally a move should be confirmed anytime from now; if there will be any at all.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the options on the ground for the Argentine and what possibly lies ahead of him should he take any.
A Move To Manchester United
The Red Devils have hidden no interest in their ambitions to sign the 25-year-old. With Ander Herrera out of the club, an inconsistent Jesse Lingard, an unproven Andreas Pereira and an ageing Matic; the only credible candidate in Solskjaer’s midfield is a certain Paul Pogba.
The latter himself has been a subject of a transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid and it remains unknown where his future lies. Paul Pogba has openly expressed his affinity for Real Madrid in recent times and the hierarchy of Madrid led by Fiorentino Perez seem to be interested in him as well.
The Frenchman was reported to have failed to show up for United’s final pre-season game days ago and with the Spanish window on till much later, a deal could still materialize; possibly.
Taking that into context, a move for Paulo Dybala will be a dream move for both teams on paper. Manchester United are in dire need of an enforcer in midfield and in turn the Argentine is also in need of more recognition and a team built around him.
A lesson learnt in football over the years is that no matter how talented you might be; once you play in their team, you can never outshine two culprits: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Dybala’s career itself has stagnated in recent years, scoring just five goals in 30 Serie A appearances last season. With Cristiano Ronaldo now in the mix, it doesn’t seem greener going forward.
A move to United could probably be a great one for both parties and the key to re-igniting his career. At the moment though, the deal seems off with the world’s 3rd most valuable side.
A Move To Tottenham
In the space of 48 hours after Manchester United ended their chase for Dybala, Tottenham emerged as surprise candidates to sign the Argentine.
The North London side seem to be on a quest to build a well-grounded and “complete” team. Many were unconvinced by their performances even after making it to the UEFA Champions League finals. Some pundits even claimed they were just a “lucky side”.
With the addition of club-record transfer Tanguy Ndombele, it becomes promising to see what becomes of a midfield with Dybala and the former in it.
Christian Eriksen isn’t getting any younger and Dele Alli is the shadow of his former self. It passes the message that just like at United, the Argentine is most likely guaranteed a starting berth with Spurs as well.
Tottenham are an exciting side and with a good coach like Pochettino, they could be among the top Elites of Europe in the coming years.
For someone looking to kickstart his career almost immediately, a move to the North London outfit just doesn’t seem the best probable move.
Stay at Juventus
Perhaps the toughest decision for the 25-year-old will be staying at his current club.
Despite the transfer struggle for his signature from a host of clubs, the Argentine was recently quoted by Italian outlet Calciomercato as saying;
“I want to stay at Juventus again next year, I want to continue playing here. It is obvious that Juventus must make their choices, also based on the new manager that will arrive. However, I want to stay here.
“Playing with Ronaldo? It is a wonderful experience, I have the pleasure of playing with the two most important phenomenons in football history (Ronaldo at Juventus and Messi in Argentina) sometimes it is hard to find the words to explain it,” he concluded.
It’s difficult to make a name for yourself with Cristiano Ronaldo in your team. In just a season at the club, the Portuguese has already won the Serie A player of the year award; something Dybala hasn’t managed in four years at the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo is 34 though, and as at best one or two more top seasons left in him. Dybala, aged 25, still has a whole lot of years ahead of him and hit the peak of his powers.
He remains one of Europe’s best talents in his own regard and shouldn’t bulk down because of competition.
Wherever his future lies will be decided in due time. The clock is ticking and Dybala has 48 hours to make his decision.