Paulo Dybala’s Agent Reveals Why Man Utd Move Failed to Materialise

​Paulo Dybala’s agent has laid waste to the suggestion that the forward’s wage demands tanked a proposed summer move to Manchester United, claiming instead that ‘issues’ between the two clubs are what prevented the move coming to fruition. 

United were keen to draft in Dybala when Romelu Lukaku’s departure became a realistic prospect towards the latter end of the window, with ​Juventus believed to have started negotiations over a swap deal that would have seen the Belgian head to Turin.

While the general belief was that ​United would have got the better end of that deal had it gone  through, the move collapsed, with Lukaku instead signing for Inter on deadline day, and the Old Trafford side failing to recruit anyone in his place. 

Reports were then quick to pin the blame of the collapse on Dybala’s excessive wage demands and apparent reluctance to sign for the ​Premier League side. His representative Jorge Antun, however, has offered a peak behind the curtain, saying via ​Tuttosport that it was negotiations between the two clubs that stopped the deal from progressing – not Dybala himself.

“I did speak to the British, but the stories about the commission were not true,” he said. “There were simply issues between the two clubs.”

Though Dybala’s move to the Premier League is now an impossibility due to the closure of the English transfer window, his future remains uncertain – even more so after he was an unused sub in the Old Lady’s season opener against Parma, which they won 1-0. 


If he is to leave, PSG look like his most likely destination, with the French champions even believed to be ​working on securing his image rights ahead of finalising a move. 

Antun, however, moved to pour cold water on that one, as he said: “There are no imminent trips to Paris planned.”


Barcelona to Pursue €60m Deal for Juventus Midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur

​Barcelona are considering making a move for Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur, who may be allowed to leave the club in an attempt to raise money.

I Bianconeri have been notably active in the transfer market this summer, spending heavily on the likes of Matthijs de Ligt and Merih Demiral which, coupled with their expensive acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, has left the Turin based giants looking to offload a number of squad players.

Rodrigo Bentancur

Plenty of players have been linked with moves away, and now La Gazzetta dello Sport (via ​Marca) state that Bentancur could be made available this summer, which has piqued the interest of ​Barcelona.

If ​Juventus are looking to raise money, selling Bentancur would likely go a long way to helping them do so. Barcelona have been tipped to launch a €60m bid for the 22-year-old, which could prove too tempting to turn down.

However, the main downside for the Bianconeri is that Bentancur’s former side, Boca Juniors, will receive 50% of any future transfer fee for the Uruguayan, meaning that Juventus would only stand to earn €30m if this deal went through.

Giovanni Simeone,Rodrigo Bentancur

Bentancur was an unused substitute during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Parma, with both Sami Khedira and Blaise Matuidi preferred instead. Whilst it is certainly too early to jump to conclusions, it was a surprise to see Khedira and Matuidi – both of whom have been heavily linked with moves away this summer – start ahead of Bentancur.

With the summer transfer window coming to a close, Juventus may be forced to accept defeat in their efforts to sell the two players, meaning Bentancur’s departure could become the only option.

However, a move away from the ​Serie A champions would certainly be unexpected. He signed a new five-year contract in June, suggesting that both parties believe he has a future at Juventus.

Bentancur established himself as a regular part of the squad last season, making 40 appearances in all competitions. He appeared to be fairly high in the pecking order, but this latest report seems to have cast doubt over his future.


PSG ‘Already Working’ on Paulo Dybala Image Rights Ahead of Proposed Move From Juventus

​Paris Saint-Germain’s pursuit of Juventus forward Paulo Dybala is continuing, with the Ligue 1 giants reportedly working on his image rights.

It was issues surrounding the Argentine’s third-party owned image rights that eventually ended Tottenham’s hopes of bringing him to north London, while Manchester United struggled with similar issues in their proposed swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku.

Some ten years ago, ​Dybala sold the rights to his image to a Maltese company when he was a teenager, with that deal now hindering negotiations that would see him depart Serie A.

Calcio Mercato claim PSG sporting director Leonardo has sought to solve the issue by contacting the player’s former agent to know more about the situationThe Italian outlet go on to report that PSG plan to acquire Dybala’s sports rights and subsequently hand over his image rights to his family. 

Image rights aside, there is still the matter of convincing ​Juventus to sell the 25-year-old on a permanent basis. It’s added that while the Parisians are aware it could be difficult, all facets of the transfer are being worked on.


Dybala has emerged as PSG’s number one target this window, as La Liga sides ​Real Madrid and ​Barcelona continue to push on with their attempts to bring ​Neymar back to Spain. In the eventuality of the Brazilian leaving, the French champions have their eyes firmly set on the Argentine to fill that attacking void.

It’s also been claimed, though, that PSG are ​willing to pay Crystal Palace up to £100m for Wilfried Zaha – and it’s unlikely that the Ligue 1 champions will sanction both deals, despite their enormous bank balance.


Parma 0-1 Juventus: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Bianconeri Start Serie A Title Defence With Win

Juventus started their defence of the Serie A title with a trademark victory over Parma at Stadio Ennio Tardini on Saturday night.

​The defending champions took the lead in the 21st minute as Giorgio Chiellini prodded home Alex Sandro’s mishit shot, the ball passing stranded Parma goalkeeper Luigi Sepe into the net.

Cristiano Ronaldo had a clinical finish chalked off by the Video Assistant Referee shortly after, the Portugal international deemed offside in a very tight call.



Key Talking Point

The upcoming title defence may prove to be Juve’s trickiest in recent years.

Napoli’s signing of PSV attacker Hirving Lozano may take Carlo Ancelotti’s side to another level, while Inter have also been proactive in bringing in Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United.

Giorgio Chiellini

In Maurizio Sarri they have a manager who knows the league well, but last season’s Europa League is his sole major triumph. Both Ancelotti and Antonio Conte are proven league winners, meaning this season could be one of the most exciting Serie A campaigns in recent memory.

Thankfully for Sarri, who wasn’t on the touchline on Saturday as he continues his recovery from pneumonia, Juve were able to put in a classic Juve performance, taking their chances up front while Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci remained vigilant at the back.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Szczesny (6); De Sciglio (7), Bonucci (7), Chiellini (7), Sandro (7); Khedira (6), Pjanic (8), Matuidi (6); Costa (7), Higuain (7), Ronaldo (6).

Substitutes: Rabiot (6), Cuadrado (6), Bernardeschi (6)

STAR PLAYER – The metronome in Juve’s midfield, Miralem Pjanic dictated play with ease and broke up Parma’s attacks when needed.

It’s a big season for the former Roma midfielder. He faces added competition for a starting XI spot from new signings Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot, the latter of whom made his debut on Saturday, as well as other squad members Sami Khedira, Blaise Matuidi, Emre Can and Rodrigo Bentancur.

Nailing down a regular starting spot will be tricky, but Pjanic asserted himself well against Parma and his place looks pretty assured for the next couple of weeks.

Looking Ahead

Juve have the small matter of a home tie with Napoli next Saturday in one of Serie A season’s early match-ups between two of the biggest sides in the league to look forward to. Parma make the trip to Udinese the day after.


Paulo Dybala Set to Feature in Juventus Opener as Aaron Ramsey Fails to Make Squad

​Aaron Ramsey has been left out of the Juventus squad to face Parma on the opening weekend of the 2019/20 Serie A season, but there is space for Paulo Dybala. 

It has been an exciting summer for I Bianconeri, with Matthijs de Ligt, Danilo, Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey some of the more high-profile names to join. 

On the other hand, the champions have so far been able to keep hold of star forward Dybala, but the Argentine was a matter of hours away from signing for both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United prior to the English transfer window closing. 

However, as the ​Juventus squad was revealed for Saturday’s game, it was confirmed that Ramsey had failed to make the cut, but Dybala was included. The Welshman joined the Old Lady on a free transfer back in January, but finally linked up with his new teammates in the summer. 

It is worth noting that the midfielder has been nursing a hamstring injury that he sustained in April, but this did not stop him from featuring in a friendly match against Triestina one week before the curtain-raiser against Parma. The former Arsenal man made his debut in that game, playing 20 minutes.

​Juventus have a plethora of midfielders at their disposal, with, Sami Khedira, Emre Can, Miralem Pjanic, Adrien Rabiot and Blaise Matuidi all named in the squad to face Parma. Meanwhile, Ramsey will have to watch on as he looks to nail down a place in the side.

In other team news, Argentine forward ​Dybala has been selected in the squad. Although there has been much talk regarding his future and where he will be plying his trade this season, there is no denying his importance to the Italian side. 

Paulo Dybala

The 25-year-old has been a key member of the squad since his arrival back in 2015, and it is seeming ​increasingly likely that he will remain at the club despite more recent interest from Paris Saint-Germain. Spanish publication ​Sport revealed a recent discussion the player had with a fan – with Dybala being told not to go. The forward’s response was simply: “No, no.” 

He scored a delightful winner in the match against Triestina last Saturday, and it may be enough for Maurizio Sarri to reward him with a starting berth. Of course, Sarri will not be able to watch the game first hand, as ​he continues his recovery from pneumonia.