It’s seeming increasingly likely that Paulo Dybala will join Inter on a free transfer soon and it’s unfair to suggest that he’d be a traitor for doing so.
The Argentinian forward will soon cut ties with Juventus after seven years in Turin, ending a defining chapter in his career. Dybala has given a lot to the Bianconeri since his arrival from Palermo in 2015 but it still feels as if he had more to give considering his initial potential. Despite that, it would be unfair to suggest that he didn’t fight on the pitch and he often made the difference in tricky matches.
On the surface, the idea of seeing Juventus’ number 10 joining rivals Inter on a free transfer does seem controversial, but things are deeper than they appear. Dybala was ready to renew his contract with Juventus before Christmas and it was the club who ended up making cryptic comments in the media and delaying things, leaving the player confused and frustrated.
Considering Juventus’ treatment of him, then, it’s not hard to see why the Argentinian forward isn’t exactly sentimental. Another factor is precedent; there is a long history in Serie A of players bouncing around the biggest clubs, with examples including Roberto Baggio, Christian Vieri, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Patrick Vieira. Dybala would just become the latest in an impressive list.