Negotiations between Juventus and Paulo Dybala have hit an impasse, reports in Italy suggest, with the Argentine holding out for an improved offer as the Old Lady look to move on from Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Italian giants waved goodbye to Ronaldo last month, with the Portuguese superstar making a sensational return to Manchester United 12 years on from his Old Trafford exit.
Juve endured their worst season in a decade last campaign as Andrea Pirlo led the Turin outfit to a fourth place finish in Serie A while they were dumped out of the Champions League in the last-16 by Porto.
New boss Massimiliano Allegri has now been charged with moving the club forward and star attacker Dybala is viewed as a key part of their future.
However, Dybala’s current contract – worth £6.2million a year – expires next summer, meaning that Juve must act fast to tie the Argentine down or risk losing him in under 12 months.
And Calcio Mercato reports that talks between Juventus and Dybala have hit a wall, with the two parties unable to reach an agreement over the 27-year-old’s salary.
The Italian outlet reports that Dybala is agreeable to the club’s vision for the future and wants to fill the void left by Ronaldo. However, the Old Lady’s offer – which is understood to be less than what was put on the table by the club last summer – has been rejected.
The financial ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic has limited Juventus’ flexibility to negotiate.
Dybala is reportedly holding out for a figure close to that paid to Matthijs de Ligt when he signed in 2019 (£10.3m a year) however Calcio Mercato say that the club will struggle to offer a similar wage to that afforded pre-Covid.
The Argentine is understood to be willing to commit his future to the club until 2025 or 2026, but is adamant that he wants the club to reflect their value of him with a lucrative contract.
The 27-year-old has scored 101 goals in 256 appearances for the Italian club, providing 42 assists for his team-mates since arriving from Palermo in 2015.