Juventus striker Paulo Dybala is reported to have signed a new deal with the Italian Serie A champions amid rumours that Chelsea were lining up a lucrative bid to sign him. The 23-year-old has scored 39 goals in 81 for the Old Lady and will have boosted his value after scoring twice in Juve’s Champions League quarter-final win over Barcelona. However, rather than weigh up his options from suitors, Dybala has instead committed his future to Juventus.
His new deal should earn him around £115K-a-week until the summer of 2021. “I am very happy at Juventus, my (contract) renewal is very close. The people love me a lot and I am going to give more happiness to the fans,” he said in a recent interview. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was keen to move for Dybala given how well he knows of the Argentine from his time working in Italy, but now the Blues boss will have to cast his eye over other targets.
Chelsea are bracing the exit of Diego Costa this summer and are keen to replace him with an athletic centre-forward who is a threat on the break. Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez is said to be top of their shortlist. Dybala would have cost them a tidy sum regardless, but the Gunners forward only has just over 12 months remaining on his deal so Chelsea stand a chance of recruiting him. As for Dybala, the 23-year-old’s future lies at Juventus.
He’s scored and created 14 goals in 20 Italian Serie A starts this season, helping the Old Lady to another successive title, and making a name for himself in the process. Netting two of the three goals in the 3-0 win over Barcelona, Dybala looks to have a bright career ahead of him. And the South American attacker appears more than happy to spend it in Italy despite the increased interest from around Europe.