Roma forward Paulo Dybala has put an end to speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea this summer. The Argentine international, who joined Stadio Olimpico on a free transfer from Juventus in 2022, has suggested that he has no interest in switching clubs.
Dybala had an impressive individual campaign, contributing 18 goals and eight assists in his 38 appearances across all competitions. However, Roma fell short of their objectives, finishing in sixth place in Serie A and losing the Europa League final to Sevilla on penalties, thereby missing out on Champions League qualification.
Despite no concrete indications of Dybala’s desire to leave Roma, the release clauses in his contract fueled speculation. While Italian clubs would have to pay more to acquire a player from a rival, foreign clubs could secure the versatile attacker for €12m (£10.26m).
Chelsea emerged as a strong contender for Dybala’s signature, especially with head coach Mauricio Pochettino expressing admiration for his compatriot and the club needing reinforcements in the attacking department.
However, Dybala has now addressed the rumors, affirming his commitment to Roma in an interview with LaRoma24. He stated, “I’m motivated for pre-season, which we’re starting [on Monday]. My future? I’m happy at Roma. I’m staying here.”
Dybala’s decision comes as a significant boost to Roma and manager Jose Mourinho, who faces financial fair play restrictions and has already lost Tammy Abraham to a serious knee injury for the first half of the season.
While Chelsea has made some strategic signings, including Evan Ndicka, Diego Llorente, and Houssem Aouar, Mourinho is yet to reinforce the final third of the team. However, with Dybala confirming his commitment to Roma, Chelsea will have to explore other options.
The London club already boasts a strong attacking lineup consisting of Raheem Sterling, Noni Madueke, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Christopher Nkunku, Nicolas Jackson, and Armando Broja. Therefore, Dybala’s potential signing was seen as an opportunity rather than a necessity, especially considering Chelsea’s absence from European competitions this season.
As the transfer window progresses, Roma can now focus on building their team around Dybala, while Chelsea will shift their attention to alternative targets to strengthen their attacking options.