Argentine striker, Paulo Dybala has completed his drawn-out transfer to Juventus from Palermo for a fee of €32 million, an amount that could rise to €40 million with add-ons. The 21-year-old has been perhaps the breakthrough star in Serie A this season and after scoring 13 league goals speculation about his future was intense. Several Premier League sides had registered an interest but it is Italian champions, Juventus who have sealed the big money move.
Palermo president Mauricio Zamparini had made it clear that Dybala would be leaving Sicily this summer but maintained that it would not be for less than the club’s €40 million valuation and Juventus have willingly matched that price.
Dybala told Italian TV: “Juventus are the side who wanted me the most. They made a real effort to sign me and this is why I made my decision.”
The youngster arrived at Palermo from his hometown club of Instituto de Córdoba for a fee of €12 million after catching the eye in the Argentine Nacional B. Zamparini proclaimed: “We have got Paulo Dybala – the new Sergio Agüero.” Dybala managed to live up to the lofty expectations of the club president and this season established himself as one of the leading strikers in Italy. His departure was inevitable and on the final day of the season, after defeat to Fiorentina, the Palermo players threw the 21-year-old into the air.
When asked about Palermo before completing the deal with Juventus, Dybala said: “It will be impossible for me to forget everything I’ve experienced in three years at Palermo. I was happy from the very first day. I know that to play for Juve, I have to do much more and I’m sure I can improve a great deal.”
Dybala was perhaps one of those unfortunate to miss out on Argentina’s Copa América but is certainly being watched by Gerardo Martino and his staff. The 21-year-old will most likely take a place in the Olympic squad in 2016 as he continues his progression.
The move to Juventus and the challenge of Champions League is the logical step in Dybala’s development and the bianconeri paying this sum of money and giving the player a five-year contract is a huge vote of confidence. Given Dybala’s talents, the €40 million may prove to be a bargain and Juve will certainly be hoping that La Joya is as good as Zamparini claimed: “He isgoing to be better than Cristiano Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi and [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic.”