Griezmann, bargaining chip

From Italy they are considering the possibility of an exchange between the Frenchman and Paulo Dybala, who does not finish sealing his renewal with Juventus.

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In Turin, after the elimination of the Champions League at the hands of Porto, a CR7 scale earthquake broke out. All eyes fell on the Portuguese, who failed to shine in the tie and was once again saying goodbye to the top continental competition early. However, there was another player who did not help the Bianconeri, Paulo Dybala. The Argentine could not even play a minute due to a ligament injury and watched from the stands as his teammates succumbed.

An image, the latter, quite common throughout this season, since physical problems have only allowed him to play 16 games, in which he has barely achieved 3 goals and 2 assists. What's more, there are now 17 matches that this latest mishap has caused him to miss consecutively among all competitions. La Joya has lost its shine, perhaps, at the worst moment. And this campaign was supposed to be the confirmation and renewal of Dybala, who ends his contract in 2022 and had just been named the best player in Serie A the previous year.

However, conversations with Andrea Agnelli have been stalled for some time. Paulo said some time ago that his agent "was in Turin for two weeks and did not receive any calls," something that received an answer from the Juventine president, "he has an offer and we are waiting for an answer," Agnelli said. That crossover of statements occurred in December and everything is still on standby. The economic hardships caused by the pandemic have been enhanced by the aforementioned European elimination and this does not help to clarify the future of La Joya, according to the Corriere dello Sport. In addition, Juventus faces a possible reconstruction, in which the final destination of Cristiano Ronaldo appears capital to take one or other steps, but also that of the Argentine.

And this is where the name of Antoine Griezmann appears. The Barcelona forward has failed to meet the expectations created and the aforementioned Italian media echoes a bombastic exchange. Griezmann by Dybala. Calciomercato adds to this hypothesis and indicates that Vecchia Signora is testing the waters to evaluate the viability of the operation. In Turin they understand that it would not be something simple, but they do not see it as impossible. What's more, this format has already been put into practice between both entities, with Arthur and Pjanic as protagonists. In addition, we cannot forget that Grizzy was already an object of desire for Juve in the past, just as Dybala was in Can Barça, so the pieces could fit.

The Little Prince's numbers are not bad, since the shoe to Huesca this Monday that slipped through the squad was his 13th goal of the season, so many that he has accompanied by 11 assists. Koeman gives him confidence, but the feelings go beyond the statistics and in the games in which he must shine, those for which he was signed, he does not certify that crack condition with which he came from Atleti. It should not be forgotten that the bet made was powerful, 120 million euros, and, so far, it has not managed to fill the bag of expectations. It appears as the first great headache of Mateu Alemany as general director of Barça. The shadow of Haaland also lurks ... Time, as always, will be judge, jury and we will see if the executioner of the Griezmann-Barcelona relationship. A relationship with various supporting actors.

Likewise, if the Griezmann option does not bear fruit, the Corriere follows the same line set by La Repubblica and points towards the possibility of launching for Mauro Icardi. The Argentine striker enjoys a fantastic line-up in the Series thanks to his time at Inter, where he became one of the most voracious strikers in the championship. The case of Icardi, in addition, is similar to that of Dybala, since his season is very far from what was expected when the course dawned. PSG bet on him, 50 million through, after a first season on loan, but the emergence of Moise Kean has wet his gunpowder and he only adds 6 goals at this point in the season. We will see how events unfold, but Juventus is clear that it faces a restructuring and it remains to be seen who is in charge of leading the project.

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