No big team wanted him: Paulo Dybala arrives in Portugal to define his future

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After no convincing offer came from a big team, Paulo Dybala will be managed by José Mourinho at Roma for the next three seasons. The Argentine playmaker flew to Albufeira, Portugal, to join his new team’s training camp as a free agent.

Dybala traveled in the company of Tiago Pinto, Roma sports director, on a private plane. Italian media reported that the Argentine made the decision early Monday morning, and the aircraft was made available to him by the owner of the Loba, the American billionaire Dan Friedkin.

“Dybala has said yes to Roma,” he revealed Il Corriere dello Sport, which ensures that “at 2 in the morning the player’s decision arrived” and that today the team’s sports director, the Portuguese Tiago Pinto, will close the operation. According to various media, he includes a three-year contract plus one.

Operation details

Mourinho’s intervention is said to have been decisive for the former Juventus player to accept Roma’s offer, which would offer him a salary of approximately $4 million. In Albufeira, where the team is based, he will carry out the medical examinations.

For its part, the Gazzetta dello Sport It highlights that aspects such as the economic one still have to be closed. And it is that the player wants something more than the $4 million that the capital team offers him. “After Mou’s call and Pinto’s offer, the deal is closed: a decisive early-morning WhatsApp,” reported the Italian media.

Dybala, 28 years old, said goodbye to Juventus on June 30, where he scored 115 goals and won 12 titles (5 Leagues, 4 Italian Cups and 3 Italian Super Cups) in seven seasons. While the interest of Milan, Inter and even Real Madrid was rumored, it was finally Roma who kept his services.

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