If there was ever a case of just how fast things are changing during this Juventus offseason: what feels like a month’s worth of news developments have taken place in just over ... a week. Yes, really. This time last week we were posting our final match recap of the season and feeling relived that Juve, at least for now, is in the Champions League next season.
Juventus has parted ways with a manager, hired his replacement ... who just so happens to be the same guy who won five straight titles at the club. And the new manager who’s the same as the title-winning manager has been making a few demands right out of the gate.
Earlier this week, we heard that one of Max Allegri’s first requests was to ask the club to try and re-open contract extension talks with Paulo Dybala and his agent. Well, all of a couple of days later, it looks as though said contract talks will be a good, with Goal Italia’s Romeo Agresti reporting on Saturday night that Juventus will reach out to the Dybala side of the equation next week with the goal of trying to get the long-awaited discussions back on track.
Dybala is being thought of as the key player in Allegri’s new Juventus despite the fact that the 27-year-old Argentine’s current contract set to expire at the end of the 2021-22 season and his long-standing contract dispute with management being something that now spans over the managerial tenures of three different coaches (Maurizio Sarri, Andrea Pirlo and Allegri).
Well, if this materializes and there is positive momentum to come out of this little chat, oh man what an absolutely crazy turn of events just when it looked like nothing was going to continue to happen on the Dybala contract extension front.
if you were to ask me a week ago if I thought it was even the smallest bit possible that Juventus and Dybala’s camp would be talking about a contract extension in the first week of June, well, I probably woulda told you to scram or something like that. It just didn’t seem possible, and there were already a line of thinking that Dybala wanted to stay in Turin even without a contract extension happening at the start of the 2021-22 season — which would obviously be a bold move knowing that his contract is set to expire come the summer of 2022.
But, with Allegri back and wanting Dybala to be a central figure in his new Juventus project, things appear to be changing in quick order. The simple fact that Juventus will be speaking with Dybala’s agent again after what seems like a whole lot of time between actual discussions is a huge step in finally getting some sort of resolution on his contract. And knowing that Allegri is back and is a little more powerful than his first managerial stint at Juventus, what Max wants seems to be what Max will end up getting.
That’s pretty good if you’re Dybala because it could mean that big payday you’ve been hoping for could very well be happening after over a year of waiting.