Juventus have been tipped to revise their offer of a new contract to Paulo Dybala over concerns relating to the player’s fitness.
Dybala has regularly captained Juve when fit this season but has also missed eight games in all competitions due to muscle injuries. Such repeat absences are seemingly a cause for concern for the club when it comes to handing him a new long-term contract.
The 28-year-old, for whom this is likely to be the last big contract of his career, is on course to become a free agent in the summer. But he was reported last month to have reached an agreement with the club over a new deal until 2026 worth €10m per season.
It is said that in light of missing a considerable amount of football so far this season, Juve want to renegotiate a lower fixed salary with higher conditional bonuses, or alternatively reduce the length of the proposed to contract from five years to three.
No formal agreement or signing of any terms is expected before February, which actually gives Dybala and his representatives the freedom to scope out other offers.
As of 1 January, when he enters the final six months of his current deal, the player is officially eligible to begin discussing terms with overseas clubs and could sign a pre-contract agreement to lock in a free transfer in the summer should he wish to do so.