Reports claim that Juventus forward Paulo Dybala was willing to join Barcelona during the summer transfer window but that the Catalan giants twice rejected the chance to sign the player.
The claims were made on Spanish TV program ‘Jugones’, boradcast on ‘La Sexta’. This source claimed on Monday that on August 17th, Barca’s vice-president met with the player’s brother over the difficulty in completing transfers.
During this meeting, Dybala ‘s brother made it known to Barca that the Argentine star would be open to joining the Spanish side from Juventus. Juve, according to the program, were aware of the meeting.
The price agreed upon for the 23-year-old was €120m. With the Catalans then possessing the €222m they received from the sale of Neymar to PSG. However, the club’s technical secretary Robert Fernandez surprisingly said ‘no’ to the deal.
Why? It is thought that the reason to reject Dybala was down to a perceived incompatability with Lionel Messi and with Barca having earmarked Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho as their top target.
‘Jugones’ also claimed that Juve offered Dybala to Barca again just two days before the transfer deadline given Ernesto Valverde’s side’s inability to seal a deal for the Brazilian but once again they turned Dybala down.