Juventus are set to offer Paulo Dybala a new £9million-per-year contract until 2025, but the club will sell the star Argentine if he refuses to accept it.
Dybala, who was linked heavily with Tottenham Hotspur last season and is a potential target for Manchester United in the upcoming transfer window, has struggled for form this season, but the new contract offer suggests he’s still firmly in the plans of boss Andrea Pirlo.
Juventus’ Chief Football Officer Fabio Paratici is now waiting for Dybala’s agent, Jorge Antun, to fly out to Italy to begin talks over the contract.
Paulo Dybala has struggled this season, scoring just once in eight league appearances
According to Sky Sport Italia, the contract offer is the maximum amount that Paratici and Juventus are willing to invest in the forward, with Dybala already on a lucrative contract worth over £6.8m per year until June 2022.
Dybala has struggled with injury and form this season, scoring just once in eight league appearances for the Old Lady – overshadowed by the goalscoring prowess of Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata. He has also fought off coronavirus having tested positive back in April.
But Juventus’ belief in the player, along with Dybala’s love for the club, could be what allows them to come to an agreement. If the Argentine refuses the offer though, the 27-year-old will be put on the market.
Former Juventus manager Fabio Capello believes the forward’s struggles have stemmed from his coronavirus diagnosis.
Chief Football Officer Fabio Paratici will put Dybala on the market if he refuses the offer
‘Covid is the explanation,’ Capello told Gazzetta dello Sport.
‘Covid leaves lasting effects, especially for a player like Dybala who needs to find dribbling form again.
‘Dybala has superior qualities – he really has everything you need. He can do everything on the pitch if he is well.’
Capello weighed in on what the better swap deal would be if he were to make a move to the Premier League.
‘I wouldn’t give Dybala for (Manchester United’s) Paul Pogba but if I could I would trade him with Tottenham’s Harry Kane.’