Paulo Dybala is thought to be closing in on a new long-term contract with Juventus, as he looks to put months of speculation over his long-term future in the rear-view mirror.
The Argentine has been tantalisingly close to leaving for both Manchester United and Tottenham at separate points over the last 12 months. A move to the latter only collapsed when, as revealed by 90min, the two clubs hit a disagreement over the player's image rights.
Juventus has proven to be the land of opportunity under Maurizio Sarri, however. While they fight tooth and nail against an Inter side that just won't go away in their bid to retain the Serie A title, Dybala has been reinstalled as a key part of the team, and he has reaped the rewards of that.
#Juventus are ready to start talks with Paulo Dybala’s entourage regarding his contract renewal. The Argentinian striker is now considered a key player for the future ⚪️⚫️ @goal— Romeo Agresti (@romeoagresti) January 10, 2020
A remarkable nine goals and six assists in 23 appearances have gone some way to re-establishing the 26-year-old's reputation as one of the finest attackers around. According to Goal, he is set to be rewarded for his efforts with a shiny new deal.
Currently contracted through 2022, his new deal will take him until 2024, and he will move on to a mouthwatering salary of €10m per year - making him one of Juve's most highly paid stars not named Cristiano Ronaldo.
Putting any speculation over Dybala to bed now will likely come as a boost at a key time in the season for Juve, whose vice-like grip on Italian football is being challenged like never before by a resurgent Inter side.
Antonio Conte's men have matched the Old Lady's league record over 18 games so far, with 14 wins and three draws putting them out in front on goal difference.
It looks for all the world as if we are set for a grandstand finish, with that meeting between the two sides at the Allianz Stadium on 1 March looking increasingly likely to be decisive.