Chelsea ‘consider activating Paulo Dybala’s bargain release clause’ for January transfer | Football | Sport

Chelsea are weighing up whether to trigger the release clause for Roma forward Paulo Dybala in the January transfer window. Despite Sunday’s 4-0 FA Cup win over Preston representing a third straight win in all competitions, and the impressive form of Cole Palmer, Mauricio Pochettino isn’t content with the firepower he has on offer with Nicolas Jackson struggling to impress since his summer move from Villarreal.

Furthermore, Christopher Nkunku has only just returned following knee surgery in the summer, while Armando Broja has scored just twice in 15 club appearances this season. And the London side are now considering renewing their interest in Dybala, 30.The Argentine is currently in the second year of his contract with Roma, that runs until 2025, but crucially his deal contains a release clause.

According to TuttoMercatoWeb, Chelsea will only need to bid £10.3million (€12m) to activate the clause, which would then leave Dybala to make the final decision.

However, Pochettino and co can ill afford to wait. The release clause expires on January 15, at which point the Serie A side will be expected to ramp up the price for the 2022 World Cup winner.

Following the lavish spending of owner Todd Boehly, who has splashed more than £1billion since taking over ahead of the 2022/23 campaign, Chelsea are currently hampered by Financial Fair Play restrictions, seemingly needing to sell players this month if they are to buy big. Therefore, a cut price deal for Dybala represents a favourable option and one which would represent sensible business.

He moved to Roma in the summer of 2022, following eight years at Juventus. The attacker remains an iconic figure amongst fans in Turin, having scored 115 times in 293 club games.

And he cemented hero status with his country at the World Cup in Qatar 13 months ago, scoring a penalty in the shoot-out as his team beat France in the final. Dybala has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Aston Villa, but the Instituto academy product has remained tight-lipped on the prospect of leaving Italy.

Despite a reduced schedule this month, January is set to define Chelsea’s season. As well as looking to do transfer business, the Blues host Middlesbrough in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Tuesday, and prior to going back to the Riverside they host London rivals Fulham in the Premier League. Pochettino’s team finish the month with a daunting trip to Liverpool.

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