Palermo striker Paulo Dybala is nearing an agreement with reigning Serie A champions Juventus, according to numerous reports from Italy.
The 21-year-old has been called “the new Messi’ and is one of the hottest young players in Europe.
In recent weeks, Dybala has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. But the understanding has always been that Juventus have been the front runners to land the talented Palermo striker’s signature.
According to various Italian news outlets, Juventus could close the deal for Dybala “soon” with Palermo scheduled to hold a meeting with Bianconeri officials this week to finalize the agreement.
Palermo have reportedly placed a £29 million price tag on the striker. However it is believed Juventus are negotiating a deal which will see Dybala join the Old Lady for between £20-23 million plus bonuses.
Should the transfer go through as reported it would give the Bianconeri one of the best young attacking duos in Europe, with Dybala lining up alongside 22-year-old Alvaro Morata – who Juventus signed from Real Madrid last summer.
Dybala would also serve as a replacement for Carlos Tevez, who is rumored to be nearing a return to Argentina in order to finish his career with Boca Juniors.
Tevez contract is set to expire in June 2016 and earlier this year the striker was linked with a return to his homeland.
However, the former Manchester City striker is Juventus’ leading goalscorer in the Champions League (seven goals in ten appearances) and recent reports have speculated that the Bianconeri would like to extend his deal until 2017.
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