Arsenal's failure to seal transfer in January led to Paulo Dybala's Juventus exit

Paulo Dybala has been told by Juventus that contract talks are off with his current deal set to expire this summer while Dusan Vlahovic’s failed transfer to Arsenal in January has had an impact


Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2022 by Dailystar.co.uk

Arsenal have had an impact on the decision to allow Paulo Dybala to run down his contract at Juventus.

The Gunners tried their best to convince Dusan Vlahovic that his future was best served in north London while he was scoring goals for fun at Fiorentina. But the Serbia international snubbed interest from Mikel Arteta to move to division rivals Juventus in a blockbuster £67million deal.

That is despite the fact that star man Dybala has a contract that will expire in the summer. Once upon a time, it would have been incomprehensible to believe that the Serie A giants would allow such an important player to leave for nothing.

But that is exactly the scenario that will go ahead at the end of the season after a failed meeting on Monday. Dybala’s representatives met with Juventus chiefs to try and thrash an agreement but neither party could come to a compromise.

Juve CEO Maurizio Arrivabene has since revealed that part of the decision to allow the Argentina international to run down his deal was because of Vlahovic’s arrival in January. He said: "It was a friendly, clear and respectful meeting. We had a very sincere approach.

"With the arrival of Vlahovic, Paulo was no longer at the centre of the project and we made this decision. The arrival of Dusan changed the position. The technical structure of the team and the Juventus project has undergone some changes. Part of these changes concern Dybala's contract, which has not been renewed."

Arsenal's failure to seal transfer in January led to Paulo Dybala's Juventus exit
Paulo Dybala is out of contract at the end of the season

Vlahovic has had quite the impact since moving to Juventus as the Italian giants look to bounce back from a couple of years in the wilderness. The 22-year-old has scored five times in 11 appearances since his blockbuster transfer in January.

But it could have been a very different story had the Serb decided to leave Serie A and join Arsenal, where Arteta is desperate for a striker. It would have no doubt meant that Dybala would have been given the wages that he had requested after being told to sign lower terms to the contract that was offered earlier in the season.

In a twist of fate, that could even end up benefitting the Gunners who have been interested in the 28-year-old in the past. With the forward now leaving for free, Arteta might even save money that was put aside for the Vlahovic deal.

That would be a major boost in the upcoming summer transfer window where the Spaniard is also keen on bringing in a midfielder. Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey are first-choice at the Emirates but there is a lack of depth in the position.



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