Paulo Dybala has the potential to become one of the world’s best footballers; some people even think he’ll win the Ballon d’Or one day.
In fact, it could be argued that the Juventus striker is already one of the world’s top players, right up there alongside the likes of Neymar, Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann.
The 23-year-old has scored 37 goals in 78 appearances for Juve and is improving all the time. It would be no surprise if Europe’s richest clubs attempt to lure him away from Turin this summer.
But by the sounds of it, Dybala won’t need much persuading.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the left-footed forward is determined to leave his current employers this summer in order to secure a dream move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid. He has no desire to join a Premier League club.
The report adds that both of the Spanish giants are interested in signing Dybala and communication has been made between them and the player’s representatives.
The South American assumed Barça’s door had closed on him after they renewed Neymar’s contract back in October, but he’s been told there’s still room in the squad for him.
HOW MESSI FEELS ABOUT DYBALA’S POTENTIAL ARRIVAL
But how does Messi, who seems to have a say on everything Barcelona do, feel about the potential signing of his compatriot?
Well, for starters, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner doesn’t see Dybala’s potential arrival as a threat.
Mundo Deportivo claim Messi appreciates the Juventus star and considers him an excellent reinforcement for the next Barcelona, who must continue improving once he signs his contract extension.
And that should come as little surprise, really. Dybala has been nothing but complimentary about Messi in recent years.
Back in 2015, he admitted playing alongside the world’s best player was his dream – and that dream was realised once he made his debut for the Argentina national team.
HOW THEIR BOND WAS STRENGTHENED LAST YEAR
Their bond was strengthened last September after Dybala was sent off on his first start for Argentina in a World Cup qualifier against Uruguay.
Messi, who was shown a red card after just 40 seconds of his Argentina debut back in 2005, was furious with the referee’s decision as Dybala left the pitch in tears.
”Leo Messi told me to be calm, that these things happen, that it was not my fault but the referee’s. I felt good, comfortable playing with Messi,” he told reporters a day later.
“We had spoken in training about how I was going to play, depending on where Leo was positioned, I would change with him. If he was in the middle, I’d go wide. I’d never played with Messi. My dream was to do that, and I did.
“I enjoyed it until the referee sent me off. I tried to help because he is the leader of the team. It’s incredible to play by his side.”