There were plenty of eyebrows raised a few days ago when a report emerged suggesting that AS Roma had somewhat bizarrely agreed to give Argentine World Cup winning striker, Paulo Dybala, an incredibly low release fee for a time limited period this summer transfer window.
The transfer rumour mill has again heavily linked the 29 year old with a move away from Roma, and some big English Premier League sides have again been credited with having an interest in him, but given he was directly involved in 18 goals from only 26 games in the 2022/23 campaign, talk that we had agreed a contract stipulation that meant that sides outside of Italy only had to pay around the £10.4 million mark to trigger his release, in many ways sounded absolutely idiotic.
The report further stated that fellow Serie A clubs could also trigger a supposed time limited release fee of their own, if they were prepared to meet a value of around the £17.31 million mark. For those who like a flutter, the chances of a club tempting their luck on prices like those would have got you good odds, especially if you could grab yourself an indibet promotion code India.
Just as this report began picking up traction on the newsfeeds across the main domestic European leagues, it was also being reported that negotiations between the player and Roma over the details of a new contract were in the final stages – in short, it would see him rewarded with a higher annual salary, extend his contract with us until the summer of 2026 (with Roma then holding an additional 12 month option on him) as well as eliminating the ridiculously low release fee trigger.
It was stated that the club were hopeful of making an official announcement on this early in August.
It has since transpired, if rumours are to be believed, that Chelsea have now made an initial approach to trigger the release fee, but that Dybala himself has rejected their interest in him, preferring to stay with us and not make the move to Stamford Bridge to work with known long time fan and fellow Argentinian international in his playing days, Mauricio Pochettino.
Whilst news of his new deal is still yet to be officially confirmed, as reports of his apparent Chelsea rejection came through, it was being suggested that the terms on his new extension had now been fully agreed between the parties, and even if it was yet to be 100% signed, it had been completely agreed in principle, and this obviously factored into his decision to rebuff their advances.
It was further being reported that there has been some kind of interest from Saudi Arabia, which had also been rejected, mainly owing to a promise he made to manager Jose Mourinho in which he stated he would stay despite the contract release clause.
Hopefully, fans can take this particularly worry out of their heads now as plans for the coming season continue.