Juventus have approached FC Barcelona with an audacious swap deal involving two major stars, according to SportMediaset. While warning that it is only an idea at the moment rather than a fully-fleshed proposal, the report says Juventus are willing to offer Paulo Dybala in exchange for Philippe Coutinho.
Coutinho has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou this summer, with Diario SPORT reporting that Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, and Manchester United are interested. SM is saying we can count Juve among the suitors.
Meanwhile, Calciomercato recently reported interest from the Catalans in the Argentine jewel. Dybala has had less of a starring role in the team since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, even being benched in big games when he was once the main star in attack.
SM says that it would not be a straight swap, and in fact, Juve may have to pay a little extra as Dybala is rated at 130 million euros while Coutinho’s valuation is 150 million.
There’s also the matter of salary. Dybala’s current salary is lower so Barcelona could take it on and save relative to Coutinho’s wage. However, Coutinho’s higher wage could break Juve’s structure, which had already changed radically with the signing of Ronaldo.
At the moment it seems nothing more than a pipe dream, but when you are talking about an exchange involving names as big as these, it’s something that spurs the imagination.