Roma Officially Sign Dybala, Might Not Sell Zaniolo

It took a couple of days to sort all the technicalities, but Paulo Dybala is now officially a Roma player. The attacker flew to Portugal to join the rest of the team after the breakthrough in the negotiation over the weekend. However, the paperwork was not complete yet. He did watch the friendly against Sporting CP from the stands with a Giallorossi jersey.

As per Ansa, La Joya turned down the possibility of donning no.10 with Francesco Totti’s blessing. He has opted for no.21. Nemanja Matic had picked it, but he relinquished it and switched to 8. The Argentine will earn €4.5/5M net plus easy bonuses pushing it to €6M. Inter had offered around the same. His three-year deal contains a low release clause, Corriere dello Sport informs.

Despite Roma adding Dybala, Nicolò Zaniolo is far from sure to depart. According to Il Messaggero, Juventus have not come close to the Giallorossi’s requests. They have proposed either swaps or convoluted formulas. The attacker has looked engaged during the pre-season camp. He is seriously considering staying because the new acquisitions might catapult the capital side into Scudetto contention.

The 22-year-old is under contract until 2024. The management previously postponed the extension talks September . The attacker expects a salary similar to Lorenzo Pellegrini and Tammy Abraham. The club reportedly set a €50M price tag.

Our Take on Roma Signing Dybala

The Giallorossi always made a lot of sense for the former Juventus star, especially after Inter brought back Romelu Lukaku. The final sums may end up being a regret for other sides, as they were more affordable than originally thought. As for Zaniolo, Bianconeri may come back in full force thanks to the Matthijs De Ligt windfall, but it should not be a top priority for them technically speaking.