Zinedine Zidane is said to be keen on bringing the Argentine forward to Bernabeu.
Real Madrid are reportedly interested in signing Juventus forward Paulo Dybala next summer and are willing to use Vinicius and Isco as makeweights in the deal. Talks are said to be speeding up between Juve and Dybala over a contract renewal, but Madrid are hoping that they can scupper the works. Zinedine Zidane is also said to be keen on bringing the 26-year-old to the Spanish capital by ensuring him a starter position in the line-up.
The French manager is ready to let go of Vinicius and Isco, both of whom he sees as surplus to requirements. Isco has fallen down the pecking order of Zidane and is understood to be subject of interest from Andrea Pirlo. The Bianconeri boss had previously expressed his desire – when he was a non-manager – to sign a player in the mould of the Spanish playmaker.
“To win the Champions League you need a player like Isco. The midfield is the key to everything; you have Cristiano but you need to find a way to ignite him.”
Dybala seems to have lost his place under Pirlo as he has only started in Juventus’ recent defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League in this season so far.
It was reported weeks ago that the Argentine ace had clashed with Juve managing director Fabio Paratici over his exclusion in the Serie A game against Crotone. But it was Paratici who later revealed that the talks are in progress over the contract extension of Dybala.
“We’re in talks to extend Paulo’s contract.” “He wants to stay and we want to keep him – he’s part of our future.
“It has been a tricky period because we were locked in the hotel for two weeks due to the Covid scare and not allowed to meet anyone.
“But we’ll continue the negotiations to find an agreement.”
Dybala was pivotal behind the Old Lady’s Scudetto win last season, eventually winning Serie A’s MVP award even outdoing his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, who had scored more than 30 goals.
Furthermore, Chelsea are keeping tabs on the former Parma star ahead of a move next summer. The Blues are willing to extend their spending spree by signing Dybala.
Elsewhere, Madrid have missed a talismanic figure in the attack since the departure of Ronaldo. With Eden Hazard failing to exceed his expectations and the likes of Luka Jovic, Vinicius and Asensio struggled to create maximum output, the onus had fallen solely on Karim Benzema. Los Blancos cite Dybala can be the spearhead in attack alongside other targets Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.