According to chief football officer Fabio Paratici, Juventus is assured of renewing the deal for Paulo Dybala.

Dybala has contracted to series A champions until June 2022 and said he was waiting for the club to start talks in an interview with CNN this week.

Goal reported on Wednesday that the Argentina International is asking for a €12 million-a-year deal (£11m/$14 m) and that the Bianconeri are confident that a deal will be reached soon.

Since Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Juve, Dybala has struggled for form, scoring 23 goals in all competitions since the beginning of 2018-19, fewer than he alone managed in 2017-18.

Maurizio Sarri has acknowledged that it is difficult for Dybala, who in the previous close season was linked to a move to Manchester United and Tottenham and expressed an interest in playing for Barcelona, and for Ronaldo to “coexist” in the same squad.

Before the second leg of their semi-final Coppa Italia against AC Milan on Friday, Paratici said to Rai Sport: “We ‘re not concerned, as we started to discuss the situation with Dybala and his entourage, so we’re optimistic and comfortable.

However, Paratici has confirmed that the Turin giants remain optimistic about their chances to persuade him to extend his stay and that it is only logical that he would want a substantial increase in pay.

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“Whoever goes to sign a contract needs an upgrade, and that’s perfectly reasonable.”

Asked about Juve’s reported interest in Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo, he added: “This is not the time to talk about the transfer market, it’s been done already when there was no football being played, but we want to fully enjoy this moment when Italian football comes back.”

Juve’s clash with Milan was their first game in more than three months after the coronavirus pandemic suspended football throughout most of the globe in March.

After 26 matches, Sarri ‘s team is top of Serie A, sitting one point clear of Lazio’s closest challengers, while Inter is behind another eight points.

Next week, with Juve visiting 10th-placed Bologna on June 22, the Italian top-flight returns from its three-month-long suspension.

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