Juventus ‘could be forced to sell Dybala’

Juventus is in a bit of a financial difficulty, which could make selling Dybala for a reported £80million a necessity.

Alongside a sky-high wage bill, which is evidenced in the club’s latest set of financials for the six-month period ended 31 December last year, the club also has mounting debts from both their investment in the squad and historical costs lingering from the construction of the Juventus Stadium.

Some reports have suggested that Juventus may be looking over their shoulder after closing in on UEFA’s thresholds for Financial Fair Play.

Regardless, the club itself makes clear in its set of accounts – published earlier this year – that “the 2018/2019 financial year [is] currently forecast to end in a loss,” a reality which would “as usual” be “strongly influenced by the performance of sports results and in particular the UEFA Champions League.”

In the six months to 31 December 2018, the club had operating costs of €227m – a rise of almost €50million on the previous year. But in that timeframe, revenues – excluding a claimed €58.9million worth of income from selling players – amounted to only a little over €271million.

All in, the club posted pre-tax profits of €11.8million for the six-month period – down from €46.3million the year before – having also posted a €19.2million overall loss for the 2017/18 season.