Juventus are willing to offer Paulo Dybala to Barcelona in exchange for Philippe Coutinho.
Philippe Coutinho has been rumoured to leave Barcelona after he has failed to impress in the Barcelona colours. He will have to try to regain his career elsewhere. It now seems that Juventus could be his new home. On the contrary, Paulo Dybala could move in the opposite direction. Dybala has struggled to get match time after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in the last summer. The two stars have not fully settled in at their clubs and now could change their places.
A newspaper recently reported interest from the Catalans in the Argentine jewel. Dybala has had less of a starring role in the team since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, even being benched in big games when he was once the main star in the attack. Barcelona could be open to striking a swap deal with Juventus to end Philippe Coutinho’s Nou Camp struggles. The Brazilian has endured a frustrating time at Barca since his move from Liverpool in January 2018. Coutinho has seemingly failed to convince boss Ernesto Valverde and there are suggestions he will move on this summer. He is not thought to be open to returning to England and that has alerted clubs elsewhere in Europe that a deal could potentially be struck.
But this deal would not be a straight swap. Juventus would have to add some extra cash because Dybala is rated at €130 million while Coutinho’s valuation is €150 million. There’s also the matter of salary. Dybala’s current salary is lower so Barcelona could take it on and save relative to Coutinho’s wage. However, Coutinho’s higher wage could break Juventus’s structure, which had already changed radically with the signing of Ronaldo. It also remains to be seen if Juventus would be willing to meet his hefty wage demands, particularly after signing Aaron Ramsey on a free transfer.
Dybala has often been forced to play from a wide position to accommodate Ronaldo and is aware he may have to move on. However, he would likely have to accept a similar role at the Nou Camp due to Lionel Messi. And there have always been rumours about the relationship between the Argentine pair.
At the moment this swap deal is only an idea rather than a fully-fledged proposal, but when you are talking about an exchange involving names as big as these, it’s something that spurs the imagination.
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