Paulo Dybala is close to finalising his new contract at Juventus which will tie him to the club until 2025.

The Argentine forward’s agent Jorge Antun has been in Turin negotiating a new deal for the past few weeks, with it becoming abundantly clear following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo that Dybala is the player that manager Massimiliano Allegri wants to build his team around.

After an initial standoff in negotiations, Dybala’s representatives appear to have ironed out the finer details with Juventus, and Gazzetta note that an agreement worth up to €10m per season is close to being agreed. The contract is for four years, will run until the summer of 2025, and is so close to completion that Antun has now jetted off back to South America.

La Joya, a nickname Dybala commonly referred to, is currently free to leave Juventus at the end of the season, with his current contract up next summer. He could even negotiate terms over a free transfer in January, should he wish to.

But despite wild rumours over the summer that Juventus were looking to engineer a swap deal with Barcelona for Antoine Griezmann, it’s always been likely that Dybala would stay in Turin – particularly when Allegri returned to the dugout earlier this summer.

The 27-year-old was a key component of Allegri’s title-winning sides between 2015 and 2019, and was widely regarded as the one player that the Bianconeri would always look to build their side around.

But that stance changed in 2018 when Juventus opted to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, owing to the club’s strong desire to win the Champions League.

Dybala’s role was marginalised in Ronaldo’s first season, and he scored just five goals in 30 Serie A appearances for Juventus – comfortably his worst scoring return at the club.

Allegri then took a sabbatical from football, leaving Dybala to be linked with moves to Tottenham and Manchester United in the summer of 2019. He stayed put though, and gradually regained his form under the management of Maurizio Sarri and Andrea Pirlo.

Now back under the management of Allegri, and with Ronaldo sold a year before his contract was due to expire, Dybala is again centre stage. He has plenty of work to do in order to drag Juventus back up to the summit of Serie A, but this new contract is a sign of the club’s long-term commitment to him and vice versa.

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