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Juventus' Paulo Dybala says Barcelona had offer for him rejected over summer

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In tying down Neymar to a new long-term deal today, Barcelona ensured that arguably the most lethal strike force in world football - Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and the Brazilian himself - will be sticking around for a few more years yet.

But even a front line like 'MSN' needs reinforcements and, according to reports today, the La Liga giants did their best to secure the services of one of world football's rising stars this summer.

That's after Juventus playmaker Paulo Dybala confirmed reports that he had been the subject of a bid during the offseason, only to see his current employers turn it down.

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"Juventus rejected an offer from Barcelona for me," the 22-year-old said, per Sport.

"It was a big offer and that means I'm an important player for the club and I have to thank them for that."

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Just how big the offer was is unknown, although there have been reports suggesting it could have been as high as €90 million - a figure that would have broken Barcelona's transfer record.

Dybala announced himself to the world stage last season after arriving at Juventus from Palermo and finished the Old Lady's title-winning season with 19 goals in 34 games.

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His good form and shared nationality with Lionel Messi almost inevitably led to comparisons with Barca's own diminutive Argentinian. 

And, judging by the latest update, it sounds like Luis Enrique and co. were attempting to make sure they had the man who many believe could one day fill the shoes of one of the all-time greats.

Obviously, though, Juve weren't too willing to do business on their talented star.

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While some players may be frustrated to see their club turn down interest from Barcelona, it sounds like Dybala is content to carry on his career in Turin.

"It is difficult to reject these kinds of offers. What I have clear is that I'm at one of the best clubs in the world and I'm happy," he continued.

"If some day I decide to leave, it would only be for the good of the club and not for personal interests."

Dybala has already scored four goals in nine games so far this season, so their decision not to sell looks a wise one. Especially when you consider the calibre of some of his strikes...

On the other hand, Barcelona aren't exactly doing too badly without the young Argentina star.

With Messi, Suarez and Neymar primed to lead the line for a few seasons yet, there is also still plenty of time for the Catalan club to renew their interest in Dybala before a replacement becomes urgent.

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