Juventus CEO Maurizio Arrivabene has admitted that rumoured Tottenham target Paulo Dybala will leave the club when his contract runs out in the summer.
Over the last couple of months, some reports have indicated that Spurs are one of the front-runners to snap up Dybala if he does reach an agreement over a new contract with Juventus (Sport).
Tuttosport (19/03/22 edition – as relayed by Sport Witness) revealed recently that Tottenham’s managing director of football Fabio Paratici had already made the first move to reunite with the Argentine in North London.
Arrivabene has now confirmed Dybala’s seven-year spell in Turin will be coming to an end this season, insisting that the decision had been made by the two parties during the January transfer window.
The Juve chief told TMW: “The most important change is that Juventus have not renewed Paulo Dybala’s contract. With the market I reiterated this, the approach was sincere.
“With the purchases made in January, with the arrival of Vlahovic, Paulo’s position was no longer at the centre of the project. That’s why this kind of decision was preferred.
“The parameters were different, I had already spoken about it, no one has ever questioned Paulo’s ability. There were considerations to be made about appearances, length and financial considerations.
“We made our choices in January, we got here. It would have been easy for Juventus to make a low bid, but it would have been disrespectful towards Paulo. The decision is made. Today’s meeting was friendly, clear and respectful.”
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Even though Dybala’s recent injury record is concerning, the fact that he is set to be available for free means that there is almost no risk involved.
I would expect Paratici to certainly explore the possibility of signing the 28-year-old, although one wonders if Kulusevski’s recent performances might cause Spurs to rethink.
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