Hot prospect Paulo Dybala has rejected a big money bid from Spanish giants Barcelona in favour of staying at Juventus, his agent has revealed.
The La Liga champions are said to have offered twice as much as the Turin club paid fellow Italian club Palermo for the 22-year-old forward a year ago, with Goal.com suggesting that the bid was as high as €80m.
However, according to agent Gustavo Mascardi, the Argentinian international wishes to remain in Italy, despite being tempted by many of the world’s biggest clubs.
Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Mascardi said: “There are always lots of temptations in the transfer market, but Paulo has shown that he has clear ideas.
“It’s true that in recent months Barcelona enquired about him, with an offer which was double what the Bianconeri paid for him, but the player first of all felt it is more important to consolidate his experience at the club who are giving him the opportunity to prove himself at the highest level.”
Mascardi, who has represented stars such as Hernan Crespo and Juan Sebastian Veron, has said that Dybala should also be given an opportunity to start for the Argentinian national team.
But the agent believes that the striker should line-up alongside national hero Lionel Messi who recently announced his retirement from international football following his side’s penalty shoot-out defeat to Chile in the Copa America final.
“Argentina cannot do without Leo,” Mascardi said. “I think they will convince him to change his mind.
“I am convinced that Dybala has got to be a first choice, together with Messi. Paulo has got to be a key player in qualifying for the next World Cup.”
Mascardi, who is famed for bringing talented South American youngsters across the Atlantic to the European leagues, has singled out one of his clients – Indepeniente Valle’s 21-year-old forward Jose Angulo – as being the next big name to reach our continent’s shores.
“I’m willing to bet on it,” he said. “He’s physically strong and has a great eye for goal. He’s already very well known in South America and in many ways, he reminds me of the Crespo in his early days. Monaco are already tracking him, but there are also some Spanish clubs interested.”