“I see my future at Liverpool” – Watch £64m rated star drop transfer hints as FSG make shocking transfer move for the forward as Mohamed Salah replacement
On Friday, a number of well-known players, including Divock Origi (AC Milan), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Andreas Christiansen (Barcelona), Ousmane Dembélé (presumably Chelsea), and Jesse Lingard, will likely be revealed as free transfers at their new clubs (seemingly West Ham).
Big players are moving on free transfers in what is starting to become a trend in order to take a piece of the savings a team makes on a transfer fee for themselves.
Not all of the announcements will come on the same day; some may take a few more days.
The most well-known case of all will include Mohamed Salah following next summer, while Antonio Rüdiger has already secured a massive contract at Real Madrid after leaving Chelsea.
However, another of their players is departing for free as Juventus signs Pogba for nothing (at least in terms of a transfer cost, if not in signing on fees and wages).
However, Argentina’s Paulo Dybala stands out because it is still unclear where he will be playing. At age 28, Dybala ought to have been one of the most sought-after free agents.
Dybala did not want to leave Juventus this summer, but no extension offer was made (there was one in the fall, but it was long since withdrawn once Duan Vlahovi joined the team).
Building around a more conventional number nine like Dybala would have anticipated more suitors, even with Juventus switching up their attack strategy like Liverpool did.
The top clubs in Europe should have been lining up to sign him after he scored 113 goals in 283 games for the biggest club in Italy and reached the prime of his career.
But they still haven’t. Thought to be Inter Milan’s most likely destination, they now have a chance to re-sign Romelu Lukaku.
Although they haven’t made an offer yet, AC Milan could be a possibility. AS Roma and José Mourinho have also been mentioned, but that seems like a step down.
Across the continent, Dybala would appear to be a signing that would interest PSG and Barcelona among others; however, neither club has made a bid.
Spurs have not made a comeback in the Premier League. Sevilla is allegedly interested, although that would not be a move befitting of a guy previously dubbed as the “next Lionel Messi” and more reasonable than most young players emerging in Argentina.
Dybala might be forced to settle for less than he would have with a fair bidding battle, though, considering the lack of strong competition.
With the potential to be a younger Roberto Firmino as the false nine, he might provide Liverpool with a backup forward option who can play across their forward line or as a number 10.
If Liverpool were interested in bringing Dybala to Anfield with only a few days left on his contract, they would have made their approach by now, without a doubt.
Dybala joining the Reds in the Premier League appears even less plausible than joining the league at all.