After electing not to prolong his contract at Juventus, Argentina striker Paulo Dybala has decided to join forces with Jose Mourinho in the Italian capital for the upcoming season.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Dybala will sign a three-year contract with Roma, and there’s no disputing that it’s a significant acquisition for Roma – one that won’t cost them a dime in transfer fees.
While the former Palermo forward has battled injuries in recent years, he remains one of the greatest in the industry when completely healthy.
Dybala (valued £31.5 million on Transfermarkt) scored 115 goals and assisted on another 48 for Juventus in 293 appearances. He also won 12 titles at Turin and was voted the 2019/20 Serie A Most Valuable Player.
The 28-year-old is Roma’s fourth key acquisition of the summer. Nemanja Matic and Mile Svilar arrived on free transfers from Manchester United and Benfica, respectively, while Zeki Celik was signed from Lille in a €7 million transaction.
Even if the Giallorossi don’t make any more signings before the end of the transfer window, their squad depth heading into the 2022/23 season looks good.
It even has ‘Serie A title challengers’ written all over it…
Quality and quality everywhere!
Roma have a starting XI that can compete with any other Serie A club, as well as a multitude of talented options waiting in the wings.
Mourinho’s first-choice forward three is also something to drool over.
After joining Roma from Chelsea, Abraham had a fantastic debut season, while Zaniolo is widely regarded as one of the greatest young footballers in Serie A – and rightfully so.
Those two with Dybala? Yes, defenders in Italy’s top division will not relish playing against that offensive trio.
Whisper it gently, but the champions of the first Europa Conference League have a good chance of winning their first league title since 2000/01, when a youthful Francesco Totti was strutting his thing.
If Roma wins the title, it will be one of Mourinho’s best successes as a manager.
Dybala has decided on his shirt number
It certainly was a banner day in the Eternal City. After nearly six weeks of speculation, Roma finally got their man, signing Paulo Dybala to a three-year deal in the wee hours of the morning!
As for what will be his shirt number, there are reports that he may have already decided on that!
While there was some speculation that Dybala might wear the number 10 shirt with Totti’s approval, he has erred on the side of caution.
According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Dybala will wear the number 21 shirt for the Giallorossi this season, the same number he wears for Argentina, while Nemanja Matic, Roma’s other recent acquisition, will wear the number 8.