Barcelona Transfer News: Paulo Dybala Meeting Reported as Rumours Grow

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2015

Juventus' Paulo Dybala celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Juventus at the Turin Juventus Stadium Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca)
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Barcelona have reportedly held a meeting with Juventus to discuss the possibility of signing Bianconeri striker Paulo Dybala.

That's according to Tuttosport (h/t Football Italia): "The situation is progressing," with Barca's international sporting director, Ariedo Braida, having "met with Juventus director Beppe Marotta this week to ask for more information."

The news follows the report of Sport's Veronica Brunati, who noted that not only are Barcelona scouting the forward, but that Dybala himself would welcome a move to the Catalan giants and harbours ambitions of not only playing at the Camp Nou, but alongside superstar Lionel Messi.

Dybala rose to prominence at Palermo last season, as he scored 13 goals and assisted 10 in Serie A.

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After being snapped up by Juventus in the summer, the 22-year-old is steadily adapting to his new surroundings and thus far has eight goals and four assists to his name with the Bianconeri.

Sports journalist Jonas Giaever named Dybala as one of Argentina's best up-and-coming attacking prospects, while writer and presenter Mina Rzouki ran the rule over what makes Dybala so promising:

Per FourFourTwo's Stats Zone, football writer Adam Digby revealed the youngster's impressive stats from Juve's 2-0 win over Atalanta in October:

The all-action attacking display is the kind Barcelona fans can expect if they land the striker, while his comfort in keeping possession and solid distribution would likely see him fit in well at the Camp Nou.

Barca have lacked viable forward options to back up their attacking trident following the departure of Pedro, so the club are understandably pursuing his replacement and will likely recruit in that area either in January or next summer.

Juve will no doubt be eager to keep hold of him given his considerable potential and the fact they only signed him in the last transfer window—at the very least making a January transfer unlikely.

As for Dybala himself, he might show the Bianconeri some loyalty, having only just arrived, and could opt to stay for at least another season in Turin. However, the opportunity to go to Barcelona does not come around often, so he equally might grab the opportunity with both hands in order to realise his dream.

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