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Chelsea attacking target holding talks to extend his Juventus deal

Juventus chief Fabio Paratici has revealed that the Italian giants are in talks with Chelsea transfer target Paulo Dybala over a new deal in Turin.

The Argentine star only has little over 18 months left to run on his existing deal, and both Manchester United and Frank Lampard’s side have been credited with an interest this month.

However, Fabio has said that discussions over an extension for the 26-year-old star have now started, with Paulo being branded ‘part of the club’s future’.

“We’re in talks to extend Paulo’s contract,” Fabio told Sky Italia. “He wants to stay and we want to keep him – he’s part of our future.

“It has been a tricky period because we were locked in the hotel for two weeks due to the Covid scare and not allowed to meet anyone. But we’ll continue the negotiations to find an agreement.”

The former Palermo youngster made his first Serie A appearance of the campaign in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Ivan Juric’s Hellas Verona.

Dybala’s current deal with Juventus expires in the summer of 2022, but fresh and improved conditions may be introduced, if the two sides can reach an agreement.

The Juve forward netted 17 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions last campaign, as well as providing 14 assists in the process.

As it stands, Frank has Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud to pick from in the striker position.

However, Paulo can operate as a ‘second-striker’, playing just off the main attacker, but with Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic, the Blues are hardly short in the attacking area.