Consider me somebody that didn’t expect the Paulo Dybala contract extension saga to extend all the way to the final days of 2020 and almost certainly into the early stages of 2021. Fact is, a lot of us expected this thing to be over and done with — especially when you considering what we heard from the summertime was that the only thing holding things back was Italy’s travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
That was in the middle of May.
Jan. 1, 2021, is only a few days away and there’s still no contract extension.
There’s been plenty of talk and happenings in between. A lot of it having to do with the fact that there’s still no deal done. The holdup centers around the fact that Juventus and Dybala’s representatives have yet to agree to an annual salary figure regardless of what Chief Football Officer Fabio Paratici saying about his optimism of a deal getting done. According to a report from Sky Italia (via TuttoJuve) on Monday, Paratici and Juventus brought their latest offer to the table, but still one that might not meet the demands of the Dybala camp — an annual salary of €10 million.
There is no indication as to how Dybala — who has visions of being Serie A’s second-highest paid player behind teammate Cristiano Ronaldo — and his team will react to this kind of offer knowing full well it’s under the potential salary figure that we’ve been hearing about for months now.
But, that’s also the main question: Would this €10 million net salary proposal be enough to end this impass between player and club and become enough to finally end this saga?
Like I said, we thought we’ve been down this kind of road before. Back in September, it was reported that Dybala and Juventus were close to an agreement on his much-anticipated contract extension. Back in April, we though there was an actual agreement in place on said aforementioned contract extension through 2025. Back In late February, we were told that contract extension talks between Dybala and Juventus had formally begun.
Ten months after that initial report of contract extension talks starting up, we’re still waiting for the end game.
Of course, the thing that is different now as compared to the summer months when Dybala was lighting things on fire just weeks after a lengthy spell with COVID-19 is the fact that his form has gone into the tank. The same player who had five goals and two assists after the restart has struggled to get much of anything going this season as he has dealt with injuries and fitness issues. Through 13 games in all competitions this season, Dybala has found the back of the net just two times and has no assists and has more appearances off the bench than he does starts in Serie A and the Champions League.
For a player who wants to be paid like one of the best in the world, it’s been a struggle to show us once again just why he deserves that big pay raise.