In a bit of random silliness, even by classic rumor mill standards, Paulo Dybala was linked with a potential move to Chelsea. The presence of a plethora of attacking midfielders makes a move for Dybala very unlikely, but then again, even the silliest of rumors have a tendency of coming to fruition at times.
According to La Nazione (via Sport Witness) and Quotidiano Sportiva (via Daily Express), Juventus’ reasons for putting Dybala on the transfer market are not just sporting; they need to raise funds to make a concerted effort towards signing their dream target Paul Pogba as well. The Old Lady have been seemingly monitoring Pogba for years now, and his performance against AC Milan in the Europa League has led Juve to believe that he is the right man to lead their midfield.
They believe that a return of the prodigal son is necessary if they are to win the Champions League again, and the Bianconeri hierarchy would rather spend big on Pogba than sign free agents like they did in the case of Adrien Rabiot or Aaron Ramsey. Pogba has also apparently expressed his desire to return to Turin, and with his contract with Manchester United expiring in 2022, the world cup winner may finally get his wish this summer.
However, Pogba is unlikely to be reunited with his “dear friend” Paulo Dybala, with the latter to be sacrificed to finance the former’s big-money move. Dybala’s contract also expires in 2022, and according to the reports, many Premier League teams are ready to pay the €55m asking price to get him.
Chelsea are unlikely to be amongst his list of suitors, though if one or more of our attackers depart, the scenario could well change.