Paris Saint Germain and Juventus are in discussions over a deal for Paulo Dybala.
According to The Daily Mail, talks have begun about an 80 million Euro deal between the two clubs.
Only hours after PSG fell to humbling defeat to Rennes, manager Thomas Tuchel said that Neymar could not leave without a replacement coming in.
The Parisians were missing that spark that a Neymar character would bring to their side in the loss to Rennes.
They feel that Argentine Dybala could be that replacement they need.
Both Juvetnus director Fabio Paratici and manager Maurizio Sarri have made it clear they are happy for Dybala to leave.
They already have a replacement in mind. Mauro Icardi is their target but without the cash from the Dybala sale, they cannot proceed.
It is understood that the player’s agent and PSG’s director Leonardo are scheduled to meet, in an attempt to strike a deal over the player’s terms.
This appears to have been the point at which previous deals have broken down.
The salary of around 9-10 million Euros a year is less than half of what Neymar was on, so that will not be the issue.
The problem comes with third party ownership of his image rights. It is believed this is where United and Spurs dropped their interest.
The fee to renegotiate these terms is apparently another 15 million Euros.
The price of 80 million Euros is not thought to be a concern for PSG and Juventus know it. Juve may even try and squeeze up to 100 million with add-ons out of the French side.
Not only do they know they have money. But the fact that potential replacements with the marketing potential of Dybala are few and far between.
The transfer of Dybala who wears the number 9 in Turin, would free up the favoured shirt of target Icardi. Who apparently is holding out for a move to the Bianconeri.
This could finally see both Dybala and Icardi waving goodbye to their respective clubs.