Juventus sensation Paulo Dybala would be Barcelona's preferred replacement to replace Neymar if the Brazilian leaves the Nou Camp during the coming transfer window, according to Mundo Deportivo. The current La Liga champions are likely to keep hold of the Brazil star, but the Spanish publication insists his future is still in the balance following approaches from Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain for his services.
Dybala was the subject of one of the biggest transfer sagas of last summer's mercato, after Palermo president Mauricio Zamparini launched a public auction to get the most for his signature. Barcelona themselves, along with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, were all linked with his services, but Juventus won the race after paying €32m plus €8m in add-ons to fill the gap left by the departure of Carlos Tevez.
The 22-year-old forward has taken his game to the next level in the 2015-16 campaign, scoring 23 goals in 46 appearances, including 19 in Serie A to lead Juventus to the title.
Mundo Deportivo now claims Barcelona have identified Dybala as the top candidate to replace Neymar should the Brazilian star opt against renewing his deal at the Nou Camp to move elsewhere.
The Spanish publication claims that Dybala will not come cheap, but adds that Neymar's departure would leave €190m in Barcelona's coffers as this is the price set in his release clause and the club will not negotiate below it.
Barcelona chief Susana Monje said on Tuesday (21 June) that the Brazilian's departure from the Nou Camp is not a topic for discussion this summer.
Even so, Mundo Deportivo insists that Neymar's future is up for debate, after reports that PSG, Manchester United and Real Madrid have all sent representatives to Brazil to convince the former Santos star to snub the Catalans' proposal and join them. Last week Wagner Ribeiro, one of Neymar's agents, warned that there are three clubs ready to meet his client's full release clause to lure him away from Barcelona.
One way or another Barcelona are not expected to increase their offer to Neymar despite, according to Mundo Deportivo, PSG tempting him with €50m-a-year salary – almost double the Catalans' proposal. The club are not able to reach that figure so have asked Neymar to think about his sporting future rather than the money hecould earn at the Ligue 1 side, Manchester United or Real Madrid.