PSG identified Juventus star Paulo Dybala as potential Lionel Messi replacement


PSG has identified Juventus midfielder Paulo Dybala as a possible Lionel Messi successor. Dybala's contract with Turin expires in the summer, and he is expected to leave on a free transfer.

This has alerted several big European clubs, including the Parisians, who are keen to sign him if Messi leaves.

Last summer, the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner moved to the Parc des Princes on a free transfer from Barcelona.

However, he has had difficulty adjusting to his new surroundings since then. In 18 games in Ligue 1, Messi has only scored twice.

The 34-year-old had gone without a goal in seven successive outings for PSG before the international break. Their Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid was a further thorn in his flesh, with fans booing and jeering the star just days later.

This has fueled exit rumours, despite his contract expiring in June 2023.

If Messi pushes his way out, PSG will attempt to recruit Dybala as his successor because the club does not plan to maintain both players.

PSG will face top European sides to compete for Dybala
Many other major European teams have also set their sights on Dybala, so the French giants aren't the only ones who have him on their radar.

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur are all reportedly interested in signing the 28-year-old, generating a bidding war for his services.

The Nerazzurri and Rojiblancos are expected to put the most pressure on Dybala to join them.

Edin Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez form an incredible strike combo for Inter, but Dzeko is 36 years old and nearing the conclusion of his career.

Meanwhile, Atletico won La Liga last season, but his form has plummeted dramatically in the 2021/22 season.

To make matters worse, returning hero Antoine Griezmann has appeared to be a pale ghost of his former self, implying that they require a new attacking talisman.

Then there are Arsenal's North London rivals, with the Gunners aiming to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Tottenham, hoping to improve their attacking options after a mixed season.

In any case, PSG will face stiff competition to sign the star this summer.