Paulo Dybala has now rejected a move to Chelsea – despite the fact Mauricio Pochettino was really keen to sign the Roma No.21 this summer.
That is according to Calcio Mercato.
What’s the story?
Well – according to Mundo Deportivo – Pochettino was hoping to bring his fellow Argentine to Stamford Bridge this summer, immediately adding him to the shortlist after losing Kai Havertz and Mason Mount.
However, Dybala has now rejected Chelsea.
Calcio Mercato believe the 29-year-old has now agreed a new contract at Roma, which eliminates the €12m (£10m) release clause that was in his previous terms.
The Italian news outlet specifically mention that Dybala – who Roberto Carlos once called a “world class” player – rejected offers from Chelsea and also clubs in Saudi Arabia to stay at Roma, after making a promise to José Mourinho.
Calcio Mercato believe the South American has landed a pay rise from €4.5m-a-year (£3.9m) to €6m-a-year (£5.1m), and his new contract will run until June 2026.
Who Chelsea could sign instead of Dybala
Now Dybala no longer appears to be an option for Chelsea, it is time to explore alternative options.
The Blues are also “getting closer” to signing Elye Wahi from Montpellier – according to Fabrizio Romano.
However, the reliable Italian journalist believes the French striker will immediately be sent out on loan.
Aside from that, there doesn’t appear to be any other irons in the fire for Chelsea when it comes to attacking reinforcements – the recruitment team seem to be focused primarily on Moises Caicedo right now.
Dybala represented one of the most exciting opportunities on the market this summer with that £10m release clause, although Chelsea will now have to look elsewhere after Mourinho convinced him to stay in Rome.