ITALIAN GIANTS JUVENTUS have completed the signing of Palermo forward Paulo Dybala for a fee that could rise to €40million.
The Argentine striker, who will join for the 2015-16 campaign, was linked with a switch to the Premier League with the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal said to be interested, while Juve’s Serie A rivals Inter were also thought to be contemplating a move.
And the highly sought-after 21-year-old, has opted to stay in Italy, penning a five-year deal with Massimiliano Allegri’s side, who have already completed a league and Coppa Italia double as well as reaching the UEFA Champions League final.
Dybala, dubbed ‘the new Messi’ by some, has been a star turn in a Palermo side who finished 11th this season, scoring 13 times in 34 Serie A appearances.
He made the switch to Stadio Renzo Barbera ahead of the 2012-13 campaign and has scored 38 league goals during his three-year stay.
The fee is €32m over four years, with a further €8m depending on “certain conditions”. Juve face La Liga champions Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final in Berlin on Saturday.