Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe will be plotting his targets for the summer transfer window and some names have started to slip through the cracks.
FCInterNews recently reported that the Magpies are one of a number of teams interested in a deal to sign Argentine international Paulo Dybala at the end of the season.
He is out of contract at Juventus this summer and Newcastle, along with Arsenal, Inter, PSG and Atletico Madrid, are eyeing up a swoop for the £36m-rated phenomenon’s services.
The Toon must complete a deal to sign Dybala as they can find their new David Ginola in the mercurial playmaker.
Ginola played 76 games for Newcastle during his time on Tyneside and produced seven goals and 16 assists for the club. He also played for Tottenham in the top-flight, scoring 19 times and assisting 18 in 119 matches for the London giants.
The Frenchman was able to score and assist goals in the Premier League and was capable of coming up with special moments, once scoring a minute into a game against Arsenal for the Magpies.
ITV noted that he was renowned for his “magical touch” on the pitch and current Spurs attacker Kulusevski once claimed that Dybala has a “magical left foot”, which illustrates the similarity between the two players – with both of them operating out wide or through the middle.
As you can see in the graphic above, with statistics via Transfermarkt, Dybala has enjoyed a terrific time with the Italian giants as he has directly contributed to a goal every 1.77 games for them in all competitions over the course of his career in Turin.
Ex-Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey previously showered the midfielder with praise, saying:
“I can just confirm that Dybala is an unbelievable player. He’s very gifted — a team player — and some of the things he’s done in training and some of the games this season has been quite breathtaking.”
These comments, along with his impressive statistics in Italy, suggest that he has the requisite quality to come in and be the club’s new magic man in the final third, just like Ginola did when he arrived at St. James’ Park.
At the age of 28, Newcastle can still get a lot out of Dybala and that is why PIF must splash the cash to convince him to make the switch to England this summer. Just imagine him weaving past opposition players before beautifully curling the ball into the back of the net, something his record for Juventus suggests he will be able to do on a regular basis.