Everton have reportedly joined the race to lure Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala to the Premier League this summer as he enters the final 12 months of his current Juve contract – and Carlo Ancelotti compared him to Lionel Messi in 2016.
Dybala, 27, is struggling for regular game time at Juventus this season – under the guidance of Andrea Pirlo. Whether that is because he has not signed a new contract with the Serie A Champions, or he is simply not in good form, remains to be seen.
Transfer Market Web have claimed that Everton have now joined the race to sign Dybala – but face competition from Premier League giants Arsenal and Tottenham. His price tag is likely to be reduced, given his contract situation at the Old Lady.
Back in 2016, now-Everton manager Ancelotti was asked about Dybala and whether he compared to the likes of Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. He stated that Dybala can become the next version of Ronaldo and Messi, as could Neymar.
“Dybala can make history at Juventus over the next 10 years,” Ancelotti told Tuttosport – as per Goal. “He is unique, you cannot compare him to any other player. Dybala and Neymar can become the heirs of Messi and Ronaldo.”
TBR’s view – Everton would have to make room first
Not only do the Toffees have numerous players in Dybala’s mould, but they also need to raise some cash for his services. Dybala would cost a lot of money – and those in his position should be sold. Bernard is likely to be at the top of that list.
Cenk Tosun and Moise Kean remain on the books and both players need to be sold in order to raise some summer funds. Bring in some cash for those players and Everton might just have the financial power required to sign Dybala.