Following lengthy speculation of his whereabouts for next season, Palermo striker Paulo Dybala has signed with treble-searching Juventus on a five-year contract.
Juventus’ official website provided the financial details of the acquisition, saying the fee was for a total of €32 million ($35.98 million), with the potential of reaching €40 million ($44.98 million) if “certain performance-related incentives are met.”
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini made it clear the door was open for Dybala’s departure and labeled him the “new Messi.” Several teams, including Arsenal and Juve, had submitted offers for the 21-year-old.
But it appears the Argentine, who scored 13 goals and added 10 assists in 35 games this year, felt a switch to Turin was in his best interest.
He was also glad to thank those involved in his three-year stint at the Sicilian club, where he rejected a offer for a contract extension in January.
“Juventus are the side who wanted me the most,” Dybala said. “They made a real effort to sign me and this is why I made my decision.
Speaking before the deal was announced, Dybala added: “It will be impossible for me to forget everything I’ve experienced in three years at Palermo.
“I was happy from the very first day. I know that to play for Juve, I have to do much more and I’m sure I can improve a great deal.”
At 10 years old, Dybala began his youth career at Argentine side Instituto and made his professional debut at 17 years old. His level of play exudes promise, especially considering his multifaceted ability to act as a playmaker and finisher at the forward position.
Juve will test him in the starting XI at some point next season despite Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez manning the position well. And if Dybala’s performances end up succeeding either of theirs, manager Massimiliano Allegri may routinely slot him into the lineup.