Serie A champions, Juventus have reportedly struck a deal with Palermo for Argentine striker Paulo Dybala after months of speculation linking the 21-year-old striker with a host of clubs around Europe. Italian newspaper, Tuttosport has led with the news that the transfer will be confirmed in the coming days for an initial fee of €25 million but with a further €10 million in bonuses and players paid to the Sicilian club. While both Milan clubs, as well as Arsenal and Manchester United, are said to be in contact with Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini the more pertinent question if the rumoured Juve deal is close, is what does this mean for Carlos Tevez? Rumours of an early return to Boca Juniors have been mooted for months and it remains to be seen if Dybala would be coming in as a replacement for the Bianconeri’s leading scorer or to play as part of an all-Argentine attack.
Zamparini has been outspoken since the day Palermo signed Dybala proclaiming they had purchased the new Sergio Agüero and more recently that he would be better than Messi and Ronaldo. His relative silence on the subject at present, having previously said that the a deal to sell the youngster would be concluded before the end of the season and for no less than €40 million, perhaps tells us that a deal is close.
Dybala has hit 13 goals in Serie A this season and is now being discussed by Argentina coach, Gerardo Martino as a possibility ahead of the Copa América. The initial 30-man squad will be named on Monday and although this might come a little too soon for Dybala he is certainly being groomed for a future Albiceleste role.
Palermo’s sporting director, Dario Baccin told Sky Sports Italia: “We are in the conclusive phase of the sale. Over the next few days the President will inform you of everything.”
Although Zamparini is understood to still be talking to other parties it is Juventus who are expected to conclude this deal. Italian reports claim that in addition to the €25 million initial fee, there will be another €5 million in bonuses and also Edoardo Goldaniga and Eric Lanini switching Turin for Sicily.
The same reports suggest that Dybala has already agreed terms on a five-year deal worth €2m per season but with his representative currently in Argentina the deal will not be signed immediately.
If this is confirmed over the coming days or weeks then the rumours of Carlos Tevez’s return to Boca will intensify. With another year left on his current deal a switch back to La Bombonera would be sensational but there has been no real indication that this would happen other than the fact that Tevez makes no secret of his eventual return to Buenos Aires. Tevez remains an absolutely vital part of Juve’s side and in addition to being Serie A’s leading scorer, the 31-year-old has fired them to the brink of the Champions League Final.
Allowing Tevez to leave with another year to run on his deal to a side that would in no way be able to provide financial compensation for this still seems highly unlikely. Far more likely would be for Dybala to play for a season under the wing of Tevez in a final stab at a Serie A/Champions League double for El Apache before eventually taking the reins.
Boca appear content to see how this plays out, safe in the knowledge that Tevez will return at some point. Enzo Pagani, the president of Boca Social discussed the topic last week when announcing the friendly between Juventus and Boca legends in Turin on June 18th. “Tevez has a contract with Juventus and Boca has the utmost respect for this. If things change then that’s another situation entirely and in that case Boca is Carlos’ home. On the 18th of June, Carlos is a Juventus player and he has one year left on his contract. But we know he loves Boca.”