Man Utd, Chelsea and co have one more day to snap up player for £10m | Football | Sport

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Man Utd, Chelsea and co have one more day to snap up player for £10m | Football | Sport

Premier League clubs like Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea could land themselves a World Cup winner for as little as £10m this month, but they will have to act quickly. That’s because Roma forward Paulo Dybala has a bizarre release clause in his contract that will allow him to talk to other clubs outside of Italy, if they are prepared to stump up the modest fee.

The Argentine forward made his name in Serie A with Juventus before moving to the capital on a free transfer in 2022. The 30-year-old still has 18 months to run on his current contract but an unusual release clause is currently active, albeit time is now very much against any interested party.

According to HITC, Dybala has been offered to « several Premier League clubs », but his release clause is due to expire in days, « according to sources ».

The report claims that Manchester United and Tottenham have been made aware of Dybala’s availability, « as have Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle ».

Dybala’s release clause is reported as only being active until mid-January, suggesting that there is only one day left to take advantage of it, although should the deadline pass, it will become active once more in the summer.

Dybala has spent the majority of his career in Italy but could be tempted to try his hand at English football if United or any other Premier League team is prepared to pay the relatively modest fee to get him out of his Roma contract early.

The Argentine spent seven seasons at Juventus where he won five Serie A titles and was awarded Serie A Most Valuable Player for the 2019-20 season. He made 293 appearances for the Turin outfit, scoring 115 goals.

He has remained productive since joining Roma, scoring 15 league goals last season, but his career highlight arrived in Qatar in 2022 where he scored Argentina’s second spot-kick in the decisive penalty shoot-out against France to clinch his country’s first World Cup since 1986.

Links with a move to United are unsurprising, given their need to improve in the second part of the season. The club also held talks with Dybala whilst he was still at Juventus, although he decided to stay put before eventually moving on a free transfer to Roma.

Tottenham is another club to have spoken to the player at the time, but with such a low asking price, he could be considered an enticing option for several top clubs including Chelsea, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Newcastle United.

Whether any Premier League club can act quickly enough to get a bargain deal done for a player who has long been considered one of the best in European football remains to be seen.

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