After what feels like an entire year of waiting for something to budge, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to Paulo Dybala’s contract extension. Or, at the very least, some movement toward said light at the end of the tunnel.
Dybala’s agent, Jorge Antun, is out of quarantine and is ready for contract talks with Juventus. The day those talks will restart after months of nothing but silence will be Saturday, according to multiple reports out of the Italian press, including Goal Italia’s Romeo Agresti and Giovanni Albanese of La Gazzetta dello Sport. These talks, which we have all been awaiting for months since the last time we heard Juventus tabled an offer, will be the first step in trying to keep Dybala in Turin for the foreseeable future — which is a big part of what Max Allegri wants to see happen as his second stint at Juventus begins.
Confermato per domani l’incontro tra l’agente di Paulo #Dybala, Jorge Antun, e la #Juventus // Confirmed: scheduled on tomorrow morning the meeting between Juventus and Dybala’s agent ⚪️⚫️@GoalItalia @goal— Romeo Agresti (@romeoagresti) August 6, 2021
A meeting. FINALLY A MEETING.
But I feel like quoting my cohort here at BWRAO, Sergio Romero, when I say this: “It couldn’t have been done over Zoom or something?”
Either way, Juventus and Antun are going to meet. They’re going to sit at the same table — hopefully with proper distancing because that Delta variant ain’t no joke — and talk about Paulo Dybala remaining a Juventus player. That’s good, and that means there’s interest from both sides — with a heavy Allegri influence, I’m guessing — to continue this journey for Juve’s No. 10.
Allegri is obviously the one driving the Dybala bus with all of the good things he had to say about the 27-year-old Argentinian during his re-introductory press conference last week. He has made Dybala the vice-captain, as well as said how good Dybala is feeling going into a season that follows up a 2020-21 campaign in which injuries and ineffectiveness were a constant theme.
So now we see what will come out of this meeting and if that €10 million net a season offer is still something that Dybala’s camp will consider not good enough to agree to terms. Maybe the time apart will do them some good when it comes to the negotiations. Hopefully that’s the case seeing as we’ve been writing about this certain topic for more than a year now. Something will have to give, so let’s just hope some good news comes along with it.