Dybala excused from Juve training until transfer saga is resolved

Paulo Dybala
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The Paulo Dybala transfer saga seems like one that might drag on infinitely without ever being resolved, which is precisely what Juventus are hoping to avoid by omitting Dybala from the club’s training squad until the two sides come to a resolution on his future.

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Dybala is pretty clearly not in the plans of new manager Maurizio Sarri after a thoroughly disappointing 2018-19 season halted his momentum after a breakout 2017-18 campaign. Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are the main clubs to which Dybala has been linked in the last week, but no official bids have been received by Juve, at least none have been reported as of yet.

With the Premier League’s transfer deadline looming next week, Juve are doing everything they can to reach this story’s conclusion in a timely manner. Dybala won’t train with the first team until Aug. 5, at the earliest, so as to allow the club and the player and his representative(s) extra time to find a solution that works for all parties.

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Signing Dybala for anywhere near the $100 million it might take to get him away from Turin would represent a massive risk for any club, given the up-and-down nature of his last two seasons. On the one hand, he appeared headed for superstar not even two years ago. On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival cratered his involvement and production, leaving many to wonder whether or not he can function at close his best without the team being built around him.