Chelsea Eyeing Roma Forward Paulo Dybala Transfer
Chelsea has plenty of options in the latter third of the pitch after spending more than £1 billion in the last three transfer windows.
But for various reasons, it has been said time and time again that the Blues are looking to add an attacker during the January transfer window.
After joining from Villarreal, Nicolas Jackson has shown erratic play, Armando Broja hasn’t returned to full strength following a catastrophic knee injury, and Christopher Nkunku has missed a large portion of the season due to injury.
Given the potential he still has at his disposal, Chelsea’s head coach Mauricio Pochettino made hints during a news conference on Monday that he was focused on employing the team’s present offensive players.
Still, a lot of names are being connected to a move to Stamford Bridge, with one of Roma’s top players appearing to be the most recent.
Fichajes claims that Chelsea is leading the pack in the race to sign Dybala throughout the upcoming week.
Under the terms of the Argentina international’s contract, a release clause of €12 million (£10.32 million) is available to overseas teams until January 15.
Although it doesn’t seem like any official offers have materialised as of yet, Chelsea is considering whether to exercise the aforementioned buy-out option.
Throughout 2023–24, the 30-year-old has been a standout player for Roma in Serie A, tallying five goals and six assists from 13 starts. After just 55 games, he currently has 24 goals and 14 assists.
But a lot might depend on Dybala’s desire to quit Italian football, where he has played since first signing with Palermo in 2012.
Even though Pochettino maintained on Monday that Chelsea does not have to sell before they purchase in order to meet the FFP requirements, it makes sense that investing little more than £10 million in a highly visible player would be a significant financial decision.
However, given that Dybala is only 30 years old, co-owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital have a history of signing young players to long contracts. This is something they are unlikely to consider in this particular case.
Chelsea would then have to commit to paying a higher weekly wage, which is a challenge that needs to be assessed to see if it will affect their long-term goals of complying with FFP laws.