Did these two not learn their lesson last summer? SWAP DEALS ARE NO GOOD, especially the high-profile ones.
Nevertheless, following last summer’s financially understandable but never going to work on the pitch (on Barcelona’s behalf) exchange between Juventus and La Blaugrana that saw Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic move in the opposite directions, the Catalans thought they’d try their luck again this summer.
Antoine Griezmann is proving a real pain in the backside for Joan Laporta as the returning Barca president attempts to clear up Josep Maria Bartomeu’s mess in Catalonia. Laporta desperately needs the Frenchman and his extortionate salary off his books but is struggling to find a buyer.
An exchange with Atletico Madrid for Saul Niguez looked on the cards before Barca demanded that they received cash on top of Griezmann and now, after turning Atleti off the aforementioned deal, they’ve reportedly turned their attentions to Juventus and Paulo Dybala.
What’s Barcelona’s proposal?
Simple, really. L’Equipe (via Marca) reports that Barcelona had proposed a straight swap deal that’d see Dybala and Griezmann move in opposite directions.
The report also noted that the “amicable relationship” between the two clubs enhanced the chances of a deal being struck, with talks at a primitive stage.
Juventus’ stance & Dybala’s contract
Despite enduring a sub-par 2020/21 campaign thanks to injury, Juventus want Dybala to stay this summer and become a protagonist in Massimiliano Allegri’s second project at the club.
Gazzetta dello Sport understands that negotiations over a possible Griezmann swap deal will not “take off and have no developments”. The club’s stance is clear: Dybala will not be sold.
However, La Joya’s contract debacle makes the situation a little more delicate. The Argentine’s current deal in Turin expires next summer and talks have stalled over an extension.
Nevertheless, an agreement is expected to be reached before the start of the season with Dybala’s agent, Jorge Antun, arriving in Italy next week to discuss the situation with Fabio Cherubini.