London calling? Paulo Dybala is heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this winter transfer window. But is it a wise purchase for the Blues? Let's take a look at why Chelsea should take a shot at signing Paulo Dybala this January.
Affordable fees and salary
Paulo Dybala is a steal, plain and simple. Chelsea can easily activate the $13.3 million in Dybala's AS Roma release clause. The Argentine's salary is also reasonable, a meek $80,000 per week. That's lower than Chelsea's top ten highest-paid players, with Malang Sarr the lowest at $152.3k per week.
Could Dybala incur more injuries? Of course, La Loya has an exhaustive injury record. He's missed 10 games this season alone with recurring abductor and hamstring issues. But his price warrants the investment — plus, he's guaranteed to sell lots of shirts.
Experience > Age
Yes, Dybala is 30 years old. But Chelsea are in the middle of the Premier League table. The club's transfer policy, which restricts penning players over 25, clearly impacts results.
Why not bring in the World Cup winner to Stamford Bridge, even as a short-term option, to provide some dependability, output, and leadership? He's also buds with fellow Argentine, Enzo, and has a good relationship with Pochettino.
Despite the team's mid-table status, Dybala is enjoying a strong start to his AS Roma career. His five goals and six assists in 13 matches indicate that he's really not slowing down; instead, like a fine wine he's only getting better. Longevitiy is a talent.
Dybala's versatility sees him comfortably slotting into various attacking roles for Pochettino (9, central attacking midfielder, wings), a trait that could greatly benefit Chelsea's dynamic front line. Plus, he can give starlet Cole Palmer a run for his money.
“We are discussing about the transfer market internally but it's not true that we have to sell players before we can bring in new ones,” said Chelsea boss Pochettino on the winter window.
“It's not like that. We don't need to sell before we can buy for FFP.”
Chelsea fans, what do you think about adding the much more affordable Dybala to the roster this winter?