One of the first things we heard upon Max Allegri’s arrival back at Juventus was that he wanted the club to restart contract talks with star forward Paulo Dybala. A process that had essentially stalled out after a year of negotiations, Allegri has reportedly identified Dybala as a central figure of Version 2.0 at Juventus, and because of that something needed to be done with a player whose contract is set to expire in 2022.
We have an idea of when those contract talks might start back up again.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport Juventus correspondent Giovanni Albanese, Dybala’s agent, Jorge Antun, is expected to arrive in Turin by the end of the month to meet with new Chief Football Officer Federico Cherubini and resume contract extension talks. This is probably the biggest thing to happen in months regarding the entire situation outside of just how much faith Allegri has reportedly shown toward Dybala and wanting to build around him going forward into the future.
Before Allegri came back to Juve for his second stint as manager, it had been weeks — if not months — since there were any major developments when it came to Dybala’s extension. The last we heard was that Juventus, namely former Chief Football Officer Fabio Paratici, had offered Dybala around €10 million per season and that the player and his representatives clearly thought he was worth more. There was no further offers as far as we know, and because of that the stalemate we saw play out for months then played out.
But now, they’re going to be back at the table to hold talks, and the fact that Dybala’s agent is making the trip to Turin is quite a development considering just how quiet things have been between the two sides for months now. As we’ve heard with multiple reports after Allegri’s appointment last month, he has greater influence on the roster construction, and clearly this is something being orchestrated at least in part by Juve’s new-yet-old manager.
Now we wait for the talks to happen. And hopefully there’s some good news to come out of it because the last year or waiting for a Dybala extension to happen has become quite tiresome.