Even with Juventus saying no to Paulo Dybala going to the Olympics this summer, Argentina apparently sees things a little bit differently. Yeah, this thing won't go away no matter how much we truly want it to. And based on what we saw happen on Tuesday, there's more of these kinds of posts to come.
Dybala has been included in Argentina's preliminary squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil despite the fact that he has publicly stated in recent days that Juventus has told him that he can't head to Rio. It's an interesting move, to say the least, and one that makes you wonder if Argentina's representation and Juventus' management have even communicated to one another since Dybala got the message that he wasn't going to Brazil with the rest of the squad.
Or is he?
With Ezequiel Lavezzi dealing with injury problems — who knew, right? — there is a chance that Dybala goes to the Copa America this summer. And based on the two possibilities on the table right now, staying home for the summer or going to the United States for the Copa, they're both options at this point. One will depend on the other.
And, no, I believe Juventus will hold firm on their stance that Dybala can't go to the Olympics. Why? Because with the first game being the first few days of August, I would like to think they won't let one of their marquee players risk injury in series and meaningful games that close to the start of the 2016-17 season. But that's just me.
In case you're curious, here is Argentina's full preliminary squad for the Summer Olympics in Rio:
Goalkeepers: Augusto Batalla (River Plate), Geronimo Rulli (Real Sociedad), Ezequiel Unsain (Newell's Old Boys), Axel Werner (Atletico de Rafaela)
Defenders: Victor Cuesta (Independiente), Lautaro Gianetti (Velez Sarsfield), Jose Luis Gomez (Lanus), Jonatan Maidana (River Plate), Emanuel Mammana (River Plate), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton), Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal), Victor Salazar (Rosario Central), Jonathan Silva (Boca Juniors), Alexis Soto (Banfield), Leandro Vega (River Plate)
Midfielders: Santiago Ascacibar (Estudiantes), Franco Cevi (Rosario Central), Joaquin Correa (Sampdoria), Matias Kranevitter (Atletico Madrid), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Giovani Lo Celso (Rosario Central), Mauricio Martinez (Union de Santa Fe), Leandro Paredes (Empoli), Emiliano Rigoni (Independiente), Lucas Romero (Cruzeiro), Ivan Rossi (Banfield)
Forwards: Martin Benitez (Independiente), Jonathan Calleri (Sao Paulo), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Christian Espinoza (Huracan), Mauro Icardi (Inter), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Giovanni Simeone (Banfield), Luciano Vietto (Atletico Madrid)
We'll see if Dybala stays there in the coming days and weeks. Surely this isn't the last we've heard about Dybala maybe or maybe not going to Brazil this summer for the Olympics.