Former Juventus star Paulo Dybala is said to be ready to sue the Bianconeri over damages and over unpaid wages.
Fabiana della Valle has reported that Juve still owe La Joya money from his time at the club as Juventus had deferred salaries in the 2020/21 season. This has emerged as part of the ongoing Prisma investigation, which is looking into Juve’s budgets between 2019 and 2021. According to the pool of magistrates coordinating the investigation (Mario Bendoni, Ciro Santoriello and the deputy Marco Gianoglio), Juventus had rigged the accounts with fictitious capital gains and the two salary maneuvers.
Dybala is yet to be paid an amount of €3.7 million from the 2020/21 season and at a hearing involving the Argentine on the 21st of February, the player said: “I don’t remember when my last salary was paid, but I know very well that Juventus still owe me money.”
He further stated: “When we made the agreement for the salary deferral, we knew that if I still had a contract, the back wages would be paid as an increase on the subsequent ones, if instead I left, they would have to pay me immediately. I know that in April 2023, Juventus have the last opportunity to pay those €3 million or so. Otherwise, my lawyer will make requests in writing. Although I hope I won’t go that far. I want my money back but without filing any lawsuit, avoiding problems for me and Juventus.”
The player’s lawyer – Luca Ferrari though, has already sent an email request to Juve asking for the money as the club had told that the player would be paid the deferred sum even in the event of his exit. From the documents of the investigation, it appears that the €3.7 million due to Dybala have been included in the 2021-22 budget as a risk fund, unlike the arrears of Cristiano Ronaldo which, on the other hand, have not appeared in the budget at all.
The documents for the Dybala agreement have been found and they bear signatures from the club and the player, but they were not sent to the league.
Kaustubh Pandey | GIFN