Sunday May 3 2020
Paratici: 'Hope Higuain stays at Juve'

Fabio Paratici confirmed Juventus are in talks to extend Gigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala contracts, won’t deny the Miralem Pjanic-Arthur Melo swap, but Gonzalo Higuain is ‘worried.’

The Chief Football Officer sat down with Sky Sport Italia today to discuss preparations for next season in the post-coronavirus world.

It’s not yet clear if Higuain will be a part of it, because he flew back to Argentina last month and is reportedly not prepared to return.

“When he left, he was very worried in general due to personal reasons,” said Paratici. “He’s a very sensitive man. We are fond of him, he’s having an extraordinary season, so we hope that he can continue with us for the year that remains on his contract.”

Multiple Spanish and Italian papers continue to report that Juve and Barcelona agreed a swap between Pjanic and Arthur, but the Brazilian is holding things up.

“As for the Pjanic-Arthur story, big clubs always talk to each other, not just about exchanges, but also how to go forward in general. We are in the chatting period at the moment.”

Juventus are able to negotiate with their own players and set the scene for next year’s squad.

“Buffon and Chiellini contract talks are on the final straight, while we’re talking to Dybala too. There was this whole situation that interrupted the negotiations.”

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