Sporting director Fabio Paratici met with Edinson Cavani two weeks ago to gauge the Paris Saint-Germain star’s interest in joining Juventus, according to Calciomercato.
The Bianconeri are currently cruising towards a fourth straight Serie A title with a 14-point lead in the table and have secured their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Progressing to the final eight of Europe’s elite competition has seen the Bianconeri earn €66.7 million in prize money, due in part to Roma and Napoli’s failings in the tournament.
As such, the club hierarchy are looking ahead to the summer to probe possible transfer moves to improve the squad and make the Old Lady perennial contenders in Europe again.
Rosanero president Maurizio Zamparini confirmed to Radio Due that he had received a €40 million offer for Dybala at the weekend but refused to reveal from whom it came.
Zamparini explicitly declined to comment on whether Juventus or Manchester United had tabled the bid, joking that he wouldn’t give names even if tortured.
Nonetheless, Juventus have appeared favourites in the sweepstakes for the 21-year-old, as Di Marzio placed the Bianconeri at the head of a queue also including Napoli and Roma.
But Calciomercato have now reported that the focus of the Old Lady is more fixed on Cavani, with the club keen to add an experienced striker rather than a hot young prospect.
Paratici is said to have met personally with the former Napoli hitman, who confirmed his interest in returning to Italy from PSG.
The Uruguayan has largely been forced to play out wide instead of in his preferred central role due to the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the City of Lights.
However, Juventus face a number of pitfalls in pursuing his signature. Cavani’s base salary of €7.5 million per season is far above any of those currently on the club’s books.
Beyond this, Cavani is tied to Les Parisiens until 2018 and, given that he was purchased for €63 million in 2013, wouldn’t be allowed to leave for small money.
What’s more is that Calciomercato have claimed that Cavani asked Paratici for time - in order to see how things unfold with Radamel Falcao at Manchester United.
It looks increasingly likely the Colombian will be leaving Old Trafford for good at season’s end, looking out of sorts and having a meagre impact in Manchester.
This would potentially open the door for Cavani at United if the club saw fit to move for his services, though it remains unclear what Louis van Gaal’s intentions are on that front.
It will be interesting to see how the situation shakes out as, given the current landscape, it’s possible Cavani and Dybala’s futures could be intertwined.
Juventus have reportedly not entirely ruled out signing the latter given financial constraints, with Manchester United of course in the discussion for Dybala - as too are Arsenal, according to the Daily Mirror.
Transfers often occur as part of a domino effect and, depending on how Juventus, United and Arsenal choose to proceed - as well as the personal wills of Cavani and Dybala - the future could see a number of different outcomes.