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. 


Pavel Nedved Opens Up on Juventus’ Transfer Plans & Ambitions for Upcoming Season

​Juventus vice-president Pavel Nedved has insisted that this is not a transitional season for I Bianconeri, who are ready to sign more players and compete for silverware.

This season will be Juventus’ first under new manager Maurizio Sarri, and many have suggested that it could take them at least one season to adjust to the Italian’s strict methods, whilst also having to deal with the vast number of new signings.

With Sarri currently undergoing treatment for pneumonia, Nedved was present at the pre-match press conference ahead of ​Juventus’ meeting with Parma, and he insisted (via ​Football-Italia) that the ​Serie A champions will remain competitive this season.

He said: “Juventus want to win again this season. We’ve changed a lot, but it’s not a year of transition. Sarri’s doing a great job, he’ll come back after the international break. We’re very happy, the team are following his command.

“I won’t focus on just our attack but rather the whole team. There’s a lot of competition, but everyone has to be professional.


“I won’t comment on the market. That’s for Paratici, who’s been doing great things. Not only did he bring in Demiral and ​Danilo, but he also conducted big sales like those of Cancelo and Kean. The market hasn’t closed yet and we’ll seize any opportunities that arise, but we mustn’t give up. 

“Our accounts are fine as they are. If we need to do something we will, otherwise we’ll remain as we are. I won’t talk about players at other teams. I’d prefer the market to be closed, but I’ll only say that we’re ready to seize the right opportunities.”

Nedved then went on to discuss both ​Paulo Dybala and ​Gonzalo Higuain, who look likely to be reintegrated into the team following months of transfer speculation.

Paulo Dybala,Gonzalo Higuain

“Dybala can never be a problem for us. He’s a great player and we’re happy to have him. The coach is using him as a false nine he’s and doing very well,” Nedved added.

“Higuain’s one of the two or three best strikers in the world. We’re happy that he’s with us, plus he had a very good pre-season.

“We’ll aim to win everything, of course, but we have no preferences with regards to competition. The ​Champions League is an objective, but it’s not an obsession. I believe we have one of the best squads in Europe.”


Mauro Icardi Handed Number 7 Shirt at Inter as AC Milan & Juventus Plot Bids

​Inter have confirmed that striker Mauro Icardi will wear the number seven shirt next season, amid rumours the Argentine will be sold in the near future.

New manager Antonio Conte is believed to have decided that Icardi has no future at the club, with the likes of Juventus and Napoli thought to be incredibly keen on signing him.

In the latest event in this lengthy saga, ​Inter took to their ​official website to confirm that ​Icardi will wear the number seven shirt, with new signing ​Romelu Lukaku taking the number nine.

Prior to Lukaku’s arrival, Icardi had worn the number nine shirt ever since joining the club back in 2013, but the Belgian now appears set to lead the line for I Nerazzurri following his big-money move from ​Manchester United.

Despite all the speculation around his future, we are no closer to knowing Icardi’s next destination. The player is believed to be keen to remain in Milan, prompting rumours that cross-town rivals ​AC Milan could try sign him.

Mauro Emanuel Icardi

Both ​Il Giornale and Radio 24 journalist Paolo Condo (via ​Pianeta Milan) have claimed that Milan could try test their luck with a bid for Icardi, with Condo adding that I Rossoneri might have a great chance of completing a deal because of his desire to stay in the city.

Inter are thought to be eager to sell and, given they have received no satisfactory offers from any other clubs, they might be forced to do business with their rivals.

However, it is believed that ​Juventus are leading the race for his signature. Having missed out on Lukaku, they remain on the lookout for a new striker, and La Gazzetta dello Sport (via ​Sempre Inter) state that the Serie A champions are ready to sell five players to finance a move for Icardi.

Maurizio Sarri

Daniele Rugani, Mario Mandzukic, ​Emre Can, Rodrigo Bentancur and Blaise Matuidi are all for sale, although Juventus’ won’t need to sell all five in order to afford a move for the Inter man.

Should Icardi leave the city of Milan, it is believed that Juventus would be his preferred move, but it remains to be seen whether they will be able to submit an acceptable bid.