Juventus have reportedly turned down an extraordinary £70 million bid from Barcelona for Argentine forward Paulo Dybala.
Dybala has enjoyed a magnificent first season at Juventus, scoring 19 Serie A goals in 34 games since arriving from Palermo for £25 million last summer. Unsurprisingly, The Old Lady are very reluctant to sell their emerging superstar and have rejected the first formal bid of the summer, according to EuroSport, as per Tuttosport.
Juventus have rejected Barca’s proposal, thought to be around £70m plus bonuses, on the basis that the player wishes to remain in Turin and the club has no interest in selling such a key asset. It would have been the most expensive transfer in Juventus' history should they have accepted the bid.
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Juventus completed the double on Saturday evening with a 1-0 win over AC Milan at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, but their failure to reach the Champions League quarter-final – though understandable given the nature of their exit to Bayern Munich – could play on the mind of a young striker with the world at his feet.
If the Italian champions fail to reach the latter stages of the competition over the next couple of seasons then Dybala will almost certainly leave in search of something new, particularly given that the Premier League has begun to attract the world’s most exciting coaches and can offer wages far above Juventus’ budget.
Barcelona’s interest in Dybala has come as a surprise. With so many glaring problems in defence, Barcelona were not expected to make a big money bid for a striker this summer, and therefore this story is likely to spark fresh rumours that Neymar is looking to leave the club.
The Brazilian was the subject of an audacious bid from Manchester United in January, although it remains unclear whether he would be open to a move away from the Catalan club. Dybala’s speed, agility, and ability to glide through defenders on the ball would make him the perfect Neymar replacement.
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