Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta denied receiving a bid from Barcelona for Paulo Dybala as he ruled out selling the star forward.
Dybala has long been linked with Barcelona and speculation of a move to Camp Nou gathered pace before the transfer window closed – the Argentina international reportedly identified as a replacement for Neymar.
Dybala went up against Messi on Tuesday and suffered a 3-0 Champions League loss against Barca, not before Juve boss Marotta reiterated the club’s desire to keep hold of the former Palermo man.
“We did not receive any direct offer from Barcelona for Dybala, but above all we had absolutely no intention of selling him and were certain he’d wear the Juventus jersey,” Marotta told Mediaset Premium.
“We even gave him more responsibility with the number 10, a shirt that holds a great deal of importance in the tradition of Juventus.”
Dybala signed a new five-year contract in April, tying him to the Serie A giants until 2022.