Report reveals surprisingly low release clause in ex-Tottenham, Liverpool target’s contract
Former Tottenham and Liverpool target Paulo Dybala reportedly has a surprisingly low release clause in his AS Roma contract.
The Argentina international joined the Rome outfit at the end of last season when his Juventus contract expired.
He was linked with a host of Premier League clubs before deciding to stay in Italy.
It was reported that Dybala had turned down a move to Newcastle United, while Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool were all strongly linked.
In fact, the 29-year-old looked like he was very close to joining Inter Milan for weeks before a move fell through and Roma swooped in.
Dybala has shown his class for the Giallorossi, scoring seven and assisting seven in 15 Series A matches this season.
The former Juventus forward actually suffered an injury taking a penalty in October, putting his World Cup at risk, but he thankfully recovered in time to make the tournament-winning squad.
Jose Mourinho’s side are currently third in Serie A with 40 points from their opening 21 matches.
They have been on fire since the season resumed after the World Cup, with their only league defeat coming away to champions-elect Napoli.
While it has been a positive campaign for the Europa Conference League holders, they are already hoping to alter the terms of Dybala’s contract due to the mind-boggling release clause in his current deal.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, Dybala has a €12million (£10.6m) release clause for foreign clubs, and a €20m release clause for Italian clubs.
This was previously reported by Calciomercato in Italy. The release clause could be relinquished should Roma change his salary to €6m per season, in comparison to his current €4.2m wage.
Talks are not expected to take place any time soon, meaning the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool could be on red alert.
Dybala has been strongly linked with Spurs for years and was reportedly close to joining them when Mauricio Pochettino was in charge.
The north Londoners opted to sign Brazilian striker Richarlison over Dybala last summer and have since added Arnaut Danjuma on loan until the end of 2022-23.
Spurs have the option to buy Netherlands international Danjuma from Villarreal, but should he fail to impress, they could go back in for Dybala.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have just paid around £40m to sign Cody Gakpo and have Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz coming back from injury, so a move for the Argentine seems unlikely.
This is unless Roberto Firmino doesn’t sign a new contract, with Dybala a similar type of player to the Brazilian, on the ball anyway.
Talks over a new deal for Firmino appear to be going well. His current contract expires in the summer.
It would be fair to assume that Jurgen Klopp’s side are not prioritising the signing of another forward, with a whole new midfield looking necessary at this point.
It was surprising to see Liverpool only sign Gakpo in the winter transfer window given their struggles this term.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham is reportedly their top target, but with Champions League qualification looking unlikely as things stand, they may fail to convince the England teenager to move to Anfield this summer.
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