Juventus facing a major dilemma with Paulo Dybala’s future after Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit
Following the sudden departure of Cristiano Ronaldo over the recent summer transfer window, Juventus is looking ahead to formulating a keen sporting project for the long term.
For one, Juventus is now aiming to build its attack around veteran forward Paulo Dybala.
The Argentine talent is currently in his seventh season with the Bianconeri and there is a possibility that this could be his final run with the club, as he is slated to become a free agent next year.
As noted by the Italian-based outlet CalcioMercato, Dybala is well interested in signing a new deal with the Serie A powerhouse, as he much approves of the club’s sporting project.
However, Juventus club officials and Dybala are currently in a contract extension standstill over salary-related matters.
Recently appointed Juventus sporting director Federico Cherubini offered Dybala a multi-year extension deal worth around €7.3 million per season. This is considered quite a lowball offer from Juventus club officials as it is lower than the offer that they placed on the table to the Argentine last year, which was subsequently turned down.
For now, Dybala’s target in extension talks is to agree to a deal in the range of what Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt is earning with the club. Following Ronaldo’s exit last week, the Dutch international is now the highest-paid player on the team, with a €12 million yearly salary contract.
Although Dybala and Juventus club officials have met multiple times to further discuss a new deal, such an agreement is far from being reached at the moment. It remains to be seen on just who will end up budging in this notable contract extension standoff.
The Argentine talent is already off to one promising start in Serie A play this season, which has included two goal contributions over the team’s opening two matches of the campaign.
Dybala and Juventus will return to action following the September international break, where the side will first clash with Napoli in a key early-season away fixture.