The Argentine is set to leave Sicily this summer but the Bianconeri have acknowledged that it will be “difficult” to agree a fee with Maurizio Zamparini
Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed that the club are in talks with Palermo over signing star striker Paulo Dybala but added that agreeing a deal is proving “difficult”.
Dybala has been one of the revelations of the Serie A season, having netted 13 times in 30 appearances, and his fine form has attracted interest from not only the Bianconeri, but also Inter, Arsenal and Chelsea, with the forward’s agent claiming that the Blues have already bid €41 million for his client.
Juve are desperate to strengthen their forward line, with top scorer Carlos Tevez reportedly considering returning to Boca Juniors, and are reportedly leading the race to land Dybala.
However, while Marotta freely admits that the Italian champions want to sign the forward, he is not getting his hopes up just yet as Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini is seeking €50m for his most prized asset.
“Dybala? We are speaking with Zamparini but the negotiations are difficult,” the Juve director is quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Still, Juve have received a financial boost following their qualification for the semi-finals of the Champions League courtesy of their 1-0 aggregate win over Monaco.
Former coach Antonio Conte reportedly quit the club last summer because of a dispute over transfer policy, famously stating before his departure: “When you got and sit in a €100 restaurant, you can’t think about paying only €10.”
Marotta thus alluded to that comment and the negative fan reaction to Conte subsequently being replaced by Massimiliano Allegri while discussing the 0-0 draw at the Stade Louis II on Wednesday.
“I think of this group and how much it has grown in recent years,” he added. “I remember last July, when myself, president Andrea Agnelli and Allegri were being criticised.
“Now we’re sitting at the €100 table with great satisfaction and the knowledge that we’ve done extraordinary things.
“In these past few years, we’ve improved the quality of the squad.”
Moratta also said that while Juve have Liga leaders Barcelona, reigning European champions Real Madrid and German titleholders Bayern Munich for company in the last four of the Champions League, Allegri’s men should not be discounted.
“They are three heavyweights, but never say never…”