Boost for Arsenal, Tottenham as major challengers drop out of race to sign Juve star

Boost for Arsenal, Tottenham as major challengers drop out of race to sign Juve star

Arsenal and Tottenham have seemingly been given a boost as a major challenger to sign Paulo Dybala has reportedly dropped out of the transfer race.

Dybala looks set to leave Juventus at the end of the season as his contract expires on June 30. The forward was willing to pen an extension, only to be left annoyed by the club changing their terms.

The 28-year-old is now among the growing list of players who will likely swap clubs in the summer, along with French pair Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba.

It is unsurprising that teams are now queuing up to land Dybala, who has been capped 32 times by Argentina.

Tottenham have regularly been put in the frame to sign him and could finally do so later this year. Rivals Arsenal, meanwhile, are in talks with Dybala’s agent, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Another club apparently eyeing Dybala’s services is Barcelona. But Juve FC News, who cite Tuttosport, claim the Blaugrana will not enter negotiations.

Barcelona boss Xavi was recently given the chance to complete a deal for the attacker. However, he doesn’t see any need to take him to the Nou Camp.

Manager concerned by Paulo Dybala injury history

Xavi has concerns over Dybala’s fitness record. In recent weeks alone, he has been kept out of action by thigh and hip problems.

In a final, damning blow to Dybala, Xavi reportedly thinks he is ‘overrated’.

The stance may benefit Arsenal and Tottenham, though. With Barca out of the picture, they are now among the frontrunners to capture the South American.

Paulo Dybala and Federico Chiesa of Juventus

Dybala has only ever played in Argentina and Italy, so he may be attracted by the prospect of starring in the Premier League.

Former midfielder Don Hutchison recently gave his take on Dybala and where the player may end up next.

Dybala labelled ‘really good’

“Paulo Dybala is a really, really good player. A technical player,” Hutchison said (via The Spurs Web). “Tottenham, I think would be the best fit for him.

“It just depends if he is fit enough and can play most games in the Premier League.

“It’s a different ask compared to Serie A and he hasn’t played too many games for Juve this season. He has been in and out of the side. They can’t seem to build the team around him. Contract talks have broken down.

“In an ideal world, he would like to stay in Serie A. But, if he comes to England, then I don’t see him going to Manchester City, Liverpool or Manchester United.

“So, the best fit, for him, would be a club like Tottenham where he could be their Christian Eriksen a few years ago. He has to play as a ten.”

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