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Analysis: Why an Icardi-Dybala swap would make perfect sense?

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While there are rumors circulating in Italy that Juventus might let go of Paulo Dybala, a swap deal is going to be ideal for both players involved.

There is no questioning the talents of Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi. On their day, these two can be devestating and decisive for their teams. Sadly though, the Argentine internationals are not in a happy place at their current clubs.

Let’s begin with Mauro Icardi.

The telenovela that was Internazionale and Icardi and his wife was perhaps one of the most entertaining parts of the club’s 2018/19 season. As forgetful as the season was, it is clear that fans will not forget how Icardi’s off-field issues led to him being banned and then stripped off captaincy.

MILAN, ITALY – MAY 26: Mauro Emanuel Icardi of FC Internazionale speaks with his wife Wanda Nara at the end of the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and Empoli FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 26, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

The Argentine striker’s wife has taken quite a stranglehold of his footballing matters and in process, has gone on to damage her husband’s association with the club’s management and fans. Things have deteriorated so much that the club wants to get rid of Icardi.

Antonio Conte isn’t a really patient man. Any player who even tries to step out of the line will be pushed away. And with Icardi still in the team alongside his wife, things might reach tipping point next season.

At present, the atmosphere at the Giuseppe Meazza is really positive. However, with the Icardis around, things could get ugly which is why it is important for the club to let go of a player who has been one of their most consistent performers in recent years.

The emergence of Lautaro Martinez has also changed things for Icardi. Once considered irreplaceable, his young fellow countryman has provided his team a new option. Grounded, a fan favorite and with an eagerness to learn, Martinez is the sort of player who Conte would love to have in the squad. The same cannot be said of Icardi.

And with Juventus clearly needing a better and younger finisher than Gonzalo Higuain, Icardi might be tempted by a move to Turin.

As things stand, Juventus might not be able to offer straight-up cash for the talented striker. However, what they lack in cash, the Bianconeri can make up for a player who clearly needs to leave Turin in order to rediscover himself.

For many years, the world has been waiting to see Paulo Dybala realize his undoubted potential. Things were going pretty well for the Argentine forward before his club went on to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. The Portuguese captain has hit the ground running as expected. And while his arrival has helped the club on and off the field, Ronaldo’s presence has clearly hindered Dybala’s growth.

TURIN, ITALY – JANUARY 21: Paulo Dybala (L) of Juventus speaks with his team mate Cristiano Ronaldo during the Serie A match between Juventus and Chievo at Allianz Stadium on January 21, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

The youngster is really struggling to come into his stride under the larger than life shadow that Ronaldo has cast in Turin.

Maurizio Sarri plans on building the attacking third around the multiple time Balon D’Or winner.

Miralem Pjanic would be his go to guy which means that Paulo Dybala would end being a luxury the former Napoli manager might not be using as gladly as the player would like.

Internazionale on the other hand, could do with a player who is always a dribble or two away from a moment of absolute magic. While Lautaro Martinez is an exciting talent, Dybala is a proven star in the Serie A. And with a point to prove, the young forward could form an amazing partnership with his national teammate. For Dybala, a move to Inter would represent a chance to become a serious Balon D’Or contender which he was once touted to win a few years ago.

For Icardi, a move away from Inter would represent a fresh start and also a chance to finally winning the Scudetto and something in Europe which is something that’s not guaranteed with the Nerazzurri who are in a state of transition regardless of how positive the atmosphere has been following the arrival of Conte.