Fabrizio Romano reports that Chelsea have not made any contact concerning Paulo Dybala, despite wavering doubts over his Juventus future.

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – JANUARY 16: Paulo Dybala of Juventus (R) and Gonzalo Higuain of AC Milan compete for the ball during the Italian Supercup match between Juventus and AC Milan at King Abdullah Sports City on January 16, 2019 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images for Lega Serie A)

On his ‘Here We Go Podcast’, Romano delivered the news that there had been no communication between either party.

Dybala’s contract with the Serie A side is set to expire this June, and he will likely be the hot topic of transfer discussions if he decides against extending his stay.

“Someone is asking me about Dybala because he is not extending at the moment his contract with Juventus, so there is nothing decided, but if he doesn’t extend his contract with Juventus before the summer, I think he will leave Juventus,” admitted Romano.

The 27-year-old attacker, who is currently out injured, had already declined an improved offer from the Old Lady in December (Football Italia), sparking the interest of many suitors across Europe.

However, it seems Chelsea are not part of this contingent, with Frank Lampard keeping faith in his current options.


“I want to say that Chelsea have not made any contact with Dybala or his agent,” Romano continued. “They want to defend players like (Kai) Havertz or (Hakim) Ziyech, they are happy with them.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 08: Kai Havertz of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Group E stage match between Chelsea FC and FC Krasnodar at Stamford Bridge on December 08, 2020 in London, England. A limited number of fans (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Chris Lee – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

As great an attacking option the Argentine would be, Lampard has his own expensive ensemble to maintain, and is yet to truly unlock the full potential of his aforementioned players.

Having already spent over £200m (BBC Sport) during the last window, Lampard cannot afford to disrupt any of his new signings, as tantalising as Dybala’s instant inclusion may sound.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Hakim Ziyech of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on October 24, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Romano echoed these thoughts, saying: “Obviously, they need time to be at their best level, in particular Havertz needs time, he’s so young, but they spend like €100m on Havertz, so they don’t want to say after one year we’ll go with Dybala and Havertz will sit on the bench, so at the moment there is nothing between Chelsea and Dybala”

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In a purely Football Manager point of view, Dybala would be a welcomed addition. Unfortunately, the reality is Chelsea have enough names to be satisfied with, including some who may not be content with their game time.

I think the Premier League is screaming his name, and I wish it was Chelsea doing the calling, although this dream maybe purely fanciful.  

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