Maurizio Sarri is still unsure of Paulo Dybala’s future after labelling Juventus’ transfer dilemma as a “difficult and embarrassing” situation.
Earlier this month, Dybala seemed set to complete a shock move to Manchester United as part of a trade deal involving Romelu Lukaku. But the Red Devils ultimately pulled out and sold the Belgian to Inter Milan instead.
Tottenham, on the other hand, also fancied their chances in completing a deadline day transfer for Dybala on Thursday. However, a Premier League move for the Argentine failed to materialise in the end.
It leaves Juventus with a big problem on their hands with their bloated first-team squad. In fact, Sarri may have to omit several players for his 25-man Champions League team if he can’t sell them.
This problem came about following the summer arrivals of Gianluigi Buffon, Matthijs de Ligt, Danilo, Merih Demiral, Luca Pellegrini, Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot.
Therefore, Sarri cannot guarantee that Dybala won’t be sold given Juventus’ disastrous transfer policy.
“I sometimes wonder when I read things: Sarri’s decisions, Paratici’s decisions…” said the Bianconeri boss via Yahoo.
“We have to cut six players from the Champions League squad. I’ve not read this anywhere. If we don’t, the choices we have are crazy.
“The last 20 days of the market will be difficult for us. It’s a difficult, embarrassing situation, because we risk leaving top players out of the squad list.
“It’s a situation we have to resolve, and it’s not strictly connected to the choices of the coach or club.”
Dybala came on as a 60th-minute substitute for Gonzalo Higuain in Saturday’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Atletico Madrid. It marked his second appearance of pre-season for Juventus after returning to training this month following his Copa America exploits.
“All the assessments on Dybala are premature,” said Sarri.
“He did two training sessions and half an hour today. He clearly can’t be in top physical condition and this also affects what he can do as a false nine. I think he has the attributes and the goals to play in that role.
“I can talk, but the market goes in a certain direction and what I say counts for zero. Six have to be cut, depending on the market.
“I’d like to keep them all; our problem is we don’t have enough home-grown players, so our squad for the Champions League will be 22 players, plus three goalkeepers, and this puts us in difficulty because the market will perhaps lead us to make choices we don’t want to make.”