Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has been dealt a major blow in his chase for Juventus star Paulo Dybala.
The technically gifted Argentine forward looked set to quit the Old Lady after falling out with a club boss.
But it now appears Paulo is set to stay after entering contract negotiations with the Serie A champions.
The Blues have already got plans ahead of the next transfer market despite splashing out in the summer.
According to TuttoMercatoWeb, Paulo was one target after he fell out with a member of the Bianconeri hierarchy – putting his future in doubt.
Manchester United are another interested club while last year the Argentine was on the brink of leaving when Tottenham made a surprise bid.
Dybala hasn’t started off on the right foot under Andrea Pirlo, as well, making just one start in Serie A thus far this season.
There were even rumours that he and the Italian had also fallen out.
But it appears that the ex-Palermo forward could be extending his stay in Turin after Juventus chief Fabio Paratici revealed that contract discussions were underway.
“We’re in talks to extend Paulo Dybala’s contract,” Paratici told Sky Sports.
“He wants to stay and we want to keep him, he’s part of our future. We’ll continue the negotiations to find an agreement.”
Dybala’s current deal expires in 2022 and the player is in line for a big boost in wages and bonuses.
The 26-year-old attacker was in fine form last year, providing 17 goals and 14 assists across all competitions.
The forward has spent five years at the reigning Serie A champions, making 230 appearances and scoring 95 times.