WOW. Huge news came out of Juventus on Monday as it was revealed that talisman Paulo Dybala will not be renewing his contract with the club and will therefore leave at the end of the season on a free transfer.
The Argentine’s contract situation has dragged on for months after Juve retracted their initial offer, which was agreed upon, last October. Talks have been delayed time and time again until Dybala’s entourage met with the club’s hierarchy on Monday.
The meeting reportedly lasted a couple of hours, but no agreement was reached. It has since been confirmed that Dybala will not renew with the Bianconeri, meaning he’ll leave Turin at the end of the season.
Paulo Dybala will not extend his contract with Juventus & will leave at the end of the season
Juve opted to change their proposal after they agreed upon an €8m base salary with €2m in bonuses with Dybala last autumn. Seemingly spooked by the player’s persistent injury woes, the club decided to offer the Argentine a less lucrative offer with a lower base salary but more incentives.
It was a smart move from Juve, but one that may have disillusioned La Joya. Fabrizio Romano believes that Dybala wasn’t happy with the new conditions proposed by the Bianconeri and has decided against renewing his contract with the club.
He’s now free to talk to a plethora of potential suitors, with several members of Europe’s elite supposedly keen on snagging Dybala on a free. Those include Barcelona, Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and several Premier League clubs.
Juve must’ve known that Dybala wouldn’t accept their altered offer and their apparent openness to allowing their gifted innovator to depart is a seismic decision amid a crucial stage of the club’s rebuild. With La Joya out of the picture, the Bianconeri’s attack moving forward will be built around Dusan Vlahoivc, Federico Chiesa and whoever they decide to replace the Argentine with.
The need for a playmaker has suddenly emerged as a summer priority.