Dybala’s brother hints at departure and Juventus linked to OL’s Mendy


Paulo Dybala’s brother and manager Gustavo gave some worrying remarks to the Argentinian’s radio show Fubolemico yesterday: “There is a strong possibility that he leaves Torino, he needs a change of sceneary. He was at ease in Italy, but now he no longer is. He is not comfortable any more, like several other Bianconeri, he will not be the only one to bolt. He does not have any personal issue with Cristiano Ronaldo, but their fit is a problem on the pitch. He is young and needs to play.”

Sticking with agents, the one managing Olympique Lyonnais’ Ferland Mendy talked to Tuttosport about Juventus’ interest: “He has had an excellent season and he is only 23. He has debuted with France and half of Europe is pursing him. Left backs are rare, for instance Lucas Hernandez moved to Bayern Munich for €80M. He is even more complete, more efficient on dribbles and crosses. His price tag is around €40-50M, it is an expensive role. The club would like to keep him for at least a year, but it will hinge on the offers. If the right one comes, also considering the technical project, we will try to make everybody happy. There have been some inquiries so far, England and Spain are richer, but Serie A is always attractive for French footballaers. Alex Sandro is a top player and it would not be easy to replace him if he is sold. Mendy is one of the options. The friendship between Andrea Agnelli and Jean-Michel Aulas could help, but in the end only the numbers will matter.”

Daniele Rugani’s Davide Torchia weighed in on the young defender: “He has had some physical issues for a while, but he bit the bullet to feature in the most important games. Then the doctors allowed him to get some rest, so he has been out for three weeks but he is feeling better now. His extension is important from a technical standpoint: Juventus can buy anybody they want, but then if you are able to stay there for five seasons it means that you have worked in a way they appreciated. The management has been coherent.”

“Arsenal was the first club to purse him a long time ago, their interest has faded. There were other teams after him, but it is pointless to discuss it now because we do not need any publicity after the contract renewal. Time passes for everybody, so it is logical that there will be some changes in the defense. Juventus worked well when they brought Daniele to Turin when he was only 20/21 and the BBC was operating at full strength. They had an eye on the future with that move, an athlete needs time to build his own physical and psychological balance before figuring out the reality of playing under the crucible of pressures.”

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