Look, we’ve been pretty optimistic regarding the Paulo Dybala news.
A strong argument could be made that Juventus have done the right thing by not giving in to the player’s lofty wage demands and allowing him to walk for free at the end of season. But, seeing Dybala line up in non-Bianconeri colours next season will hurt… and hurt bad. There’s no escaping that.
La Joya has put smiles on the faces of Juventino for the best part of seven years; perpetually dazzling with his genius and leaving us with some unforgettable memories.
4 negatives from Paulo Dybala leaving at the end of the season
So while I’m at peace with the club opting to move on from Dybala, there will be some that are lamenting Juventus for almost discarding such a loyal and brilliant servant. Here are four drawbacks from Juve’s seismic decision regarding their chief creator.
He leaves for nothing
This is the obvious one.
While Dybala has suffered from injury setback after injury setback this season, his production has been super impressive. The Argentine has often been Juventus’ star performer when he’s taken to the field and in 29 appearances this season, he has 19 goal contributions.
When the Argentine came close to leaving the club in the summer of 2019 following a disappointing 2018/19 campaign, Juve would’ve garnered a huge fee for his services as Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham came calling. Since then, Dybala’s earned Serie A MVP honours and has persistently shown off his unique quality in 2021/22 following an injury-hit campaign under Andrea Pirlo. There’s no doubt he would’ve cost a pretty penny if a potential suitor was forced to pay a fee this summer.
Thus, Juve are losing out on a lot of money by letting him walk for free. But the club are willing to take the hit in the short-term as opposed to offering the player his desired long-term deal which may have hamstrung the Bianconeri financially over a longer period if his injury woes continued.