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Paulo Dybala’s Juventus career is currently at a real crossroads.
Just a couple of months ago, the young Argentine forward was looking really close to actually leaving Turin and heading towards the Premier League and now, he’s in line to become their future leader.
So far this season, the 26-year-old star has managed to score five goals and assist further three in a total of 14 games played for the Bianconeri, and is finally gaining some momentum.
But recently, there were talks once again about his potential departure.
Tuttosport (via AS) were even mentioning a potential swap deal in the Old Lady’s attempt to recapture the signature of Paul Pogba, the Manchester United star.
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Dybala’s name was mentioned as one of the players who are likely to enter that reported deal.
But looking at their situation as a whole, it doesn’t really make much sense for Maurizio Sarri to part with his gem, even if it meant the return of Pogba back to Turin.
The Argentine is clearly beloved by the fans and his recent emergence could be a sign of great things to come. Of course, we don’t know what kind of a player will Dybala turn into in the future but the early signs are promising.
And this is even more reinforced by Cristiano Ronaldo’s slow decline.
The Portuguese star was subbed off in his last two performances for the Italian giants and interestingly enough and even poetically, it was Dybala who replaced Ronaldo against Milan with the Argentine going on to score the only goal of the game, clinching all three points in the process.
That moment might have signalled the changing of the guard and the Portuguese actually handing over the torch to the Argentine.
Pogba’s arrival could very much boost Juventus, even take them to another level, but not if it meant the departure of Dybala.
Sarri would indeed be shooting himself in the foot if he allowed that to happen.
They were lucky to keep him in the summer and they shouldn’t be making the same mistake of putting him on the market again.