Juventus star Paulo Dybala has admitted that he was on the verge of departing the club last summer.
Dybala – Lukaku swap falls through
One of the biggest talking points across the European media in the buildup to the English transfer deadline back in August surrounded a potential blockbuster swap deal between Juventus and Manchester United.
The transfer in question would have seen Romelu Lukaku make the move to Turin, in exchange for Paulo Dybala.
Claims even mounted that an agreement between the two clubs was essentially in place.
The one major sticking point throughout negotiations, however, was Dybala.
Argentine attacker Dybala was rumoured to have had serious reservations over the possibility of joining United, with Miguel Delaney of the Independent having suggested that the 26-year-old doubted the Red Devils’ ability to return to the very top of European football.
As such, the board at Old Trafford, in the end, came to the decision to pull the plug on the deal.
United, though, were not the only Premier League heavyweight to have expressed a keen interest in Dybala’s signature.
Tottenham were also heavily-linked with a move for the Juventus star, with Sky Italia having confirmed that a €70 million deal to send the Argentine to north London was, at one point, in place:
Tottenham have agreed a €70m deal with Juventus to sign Paulo Dybala, according to Sky in Italy.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 6, 2019
‘Close to leaving’
As had been the case throughout the rumours linking him with a move to Old Trafford, though, Dybala again stood firm in the face of adversity, sticking by his guns to remain a Juventus player.
And now, on the back of working his way into the plans of new Bianconeri boss Maurizio Sarri, and playing some of his finest football in some time over the last couple of months, the Argentine international has opened up on the rampant summer speculation surrounding his name.
Higuain ➡️ Dybala ➡️ Higuain ➡️ Dybala ➡️ Higuain ➡️ Dybala ➡️ Higuain ➡️ GOAL!
Juventus score thanks to the stunning work of their Argentine strike partners! 🔥👏pic.twitter.com/tcR1Z9PlX2
— BT Sport (@btsport) January 15, 2020
Speaking in an in-depth interview with the Guardian, Dybala was asked just how close he came to departing Turin last summer, with the gifted attacker having admitted:
‘I was close to leaving. That was in the club’s thinking, I knew. Until the last minute, we were waiting.’
‘I have two years left on my contract. That’s not a short time but it’s not a long one either. We’ll see what plans Juventus have, if they think I might leave in the next market or if they want me to stay.’
‘That’s a decision for the club to make. It’s hard to know because things change in a second.’
‘But I’m here, at a club that has treated me well. I’m happy, comfortable. [Maurizio] Sarri’s arrival has helped. He wanted me to stay, which gave me strength when we didn’t know what would happen. I knew he could teach me, help me bring out the best in myself.’