Paulo Dybala will not take a routine medical at Juventus on Friday and has not returned to their Continassa training headquarters as rumours of a move away from Turin gather pace.
Meanwhile the player that Juventus want to swap Dybala for, Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, has agreed terms with the Bianconeri on a contract worth €9 million (£8m/$10m) a year, as per reports.
Another part of the puzzle for the sensational swap deal is Dybala’s wages in Manchester, with the Argentina international desiring a significant pay increase from his current €7.5m-per-year deal in Italy.
Dybala returned early from his holiday after the Copa America, reportedly for talks with new Juve boss Maurizio Sarri.
However he has not had any contact with the former Chelsea manager, and has extended his vacation until August 5, three days before the English transfer window closes.
His absence from Juventus training and the lack of communication between him and his manager seem to spell the end for him with the Old Lady, but his salary demands may prove a sticking point.
There are reports that the No. 10 will ask for around £350,000 per week if he does make the move to the Premier League giants, but Lukaku agreeing his remuneration in Italy may help move the deal along.
Both players were somewhat frozen out at their clubs last season.