Paulo Dybala
Paulo Dybala Juventus

Paulo Dybala could be on his way out of AS Roma at the end of this season with Barcelona and Chelsea interested in signing him, claims transfer expert Rudi Galetti.

Dybala joined Roma from Juventus in 2022 on a free transfer and his current deal with them expires in 2025. While the player has shown no signs of discontent, the club is yet to open extension talks with his representatives.

There’s belief that Roma will look to cash in on the Argentine international and both Chelsea and Barcelona have made preliminary contact with the Serie A side.

There are rumours that Paulo Dybala has a release clause of just €12m in his contract until the end of July which is valid for clubs outside Italy and if this is true then it’s great news for both Barcelona and Chelsea. Roma has the right to reject Italian offers but they will be helpless if Dybala wishes to join a foreign club that has activated the release clause.

However, if the reports of the said release clause are untrue even then the 30-year-old won’t have a massive price tag on his shoulders because he has just over 12 months left on his contract. His current market value is €25 million and a fee of around €40-45 million should be enough to convince Roma to sell him.

What will Paulo Dybala bring to the table?

Dybala is a World Cup winner with Argentina and the first thing that he will bring to the table is a whole lot of experience, something that both Chelsea and Barcelona can use.

He’s played close to 300 games for Juventus during his time in Turin and with Roma, he’s featured in 70 games across all competitions. This season, he’s played in 23 league games for AS Roma, scoring 12 and assisting 8 goals.

Currently, he has an xG of 8.92 and an xA of 3.07 which is wonderful for someone who’s going to be 31 this year.

A player like Paulo Dybala works best as a link between the striker and the midfield but he can also operate a winger – on either flank. His versatility in and around the final third is his major asset and in today’s day and age, a player who can play multiple positions is highly sought-after.

At Barcelona, he will be the ideal support system for Robert Lewandowski while at Chelsea he can link with players like Nicolas Jackson and Cole Palmer.

Paulo Dybala, at best, has three or maybe four good seasons left in him but looking at the struggles of both Chelsea and Barca, either of them can make do with someone as talented as the Argentine.

Chelsea will probably have a slight upper hand because Romelu Lukaku is currently on loan at Roma and unlike Barcelona, the Premier League side are not short of funds. The Blues will see a massive exodus of players so that they can balance their books and if they can get rid of all the unwanted players then they can surely afford a signing like Dybala.

If the €12 million release clause truly exists then Barca will jump right in otherwise, Xavi’s side will think long and hard if they have to spend €50-odd million on Paulo Dybala.