Paulo Dybala will not be signing for Manchester United or any other Premier League club, since he has landed from a flight to put the finishing touches to a transfer to Roma.
Dybala became a free agent upon the expiry of his contract with Juventus in June. It is somewhat surprising that it has taken him a few weeks to find a new club. But there have been several interested parties all along.
Dybala was a target for Man Utd back in the summer of 2019, but a deal never came to fruition. He has understandably remained on their radar since. But he will instead be staying in Serie A.
The Argentina international has been in talks with Roma recently. Now, he is ready to sign for Jose Mourinho’s side despite their lack of Champions League football.
Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sport revealed on Monday morning that Dybala “will be a new Roma player”. He will be signing a three-year contract with the club from the Italian capital, worth €6m per season (around £97,800 per week).
In fact, Dybala has just landed in Portugal, where Roma are undergoing a pre-season training camp. Once there, he will take his medical and link up with Mourinho’s squad.
Roma are due to play Sporting CP in a friendly on July 19th and Nice four days later. Another friendly will take place in Israel against Mourinho’s former side Tottenham Hotspur – another former contender to sign Dybala – on July 30th.
Dybala could be involved in them as he prepares for his first season with someone other than Juventus since 2014-15, which was his last with Palermo.
Paulo Dybala deal monumental for Roma
One year after sending shockwaves by appointing Mourinho as their manager, this will be another monumental signing for Roma.
For many, Dybala is the highest-profile player they will have signed since another Argentine, Gabriel Batistuta, in 2000. Batistuta was a club-record signing at the time. Therefore, getting Dybala on a free transfer will be brilliant business.
There are also indications that he will wear the number 10 shirt at Roma. It has been vacant since their greatest ever player, Francesco Totti, retired in 2017.
To be fair, it may not be the biggest miss for Man Utd; they have signed Christian Eriksen in a similar position anyway. But other clubs could be envious of Dybala’s talents being expressed elsewhere.
For many a year, that was Roma, watching on as he shone for Juventus. Now, La Joya will be part of La Magica’s squad. It will be one of the most high-profile free transfers this summer.