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Paulo Dybala’s Agent Meets with Roma General Manager Tiago Pinto


Jul-17 18:46 first published at 18:46 PM

Where there is smoke, there is fire, so hold off on queueing the “It’s Happening” GIFs just yet. The Giallorossi are now closer than ever to acquiring Paulo Dybala, according to the most recent sources out of Rome. Inter Milan apparently had second thoughts about acquiring La Joya because they already had Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez in their attacking lineup. However, Roma has the inside track and is said to have offered Dybala a four-year, €24 million contract earlier this week.
Dybala is apparently warming around to the notion of residing in the Eternal City as a result of that offer and possibly as a result of realizing that he doesn’t have as many options as he had first anticipated. So much so that Dybala’s representatives are scheduled to meet with Roma GM Tiago Pinto this afternoon following a purported phone discussion with José Mourinho yesterday.
Several publications (including Il Romanista, La Repubblica, and the Corriere dello Sport) claim that Pinto is on a conference call with Dybala’s agent, Jorge Antun, and his marketing representative, Carlos Novel, today. Dybala’s camp is apparently pressing on a six-million basic salary despite the €24 million offer that was tabled earlier this week, which would only reach a €6 million yearly average if performance-related bonuses were reached.
To put it plainly: Roma must contribute €6 million annually. There are no performance-based bonuses, $50 referral credits, gift cards, or other BS. Dybala merely wants wealth, to paraphrase Randy Moss.
Over the previous 18 months, Pinto and the Friedkin Group have adopted a cautious strategy, gradually cleaning up the mess left by their forebears while building a team suitable for Mourinho. This practical approach has been extremely successful, as Pinto has found long-term homes for many of Monchi’s misfits while also making a number of clever undercover additions. However, this is their first true test and their first opportunity to make a statement.
Paulo Dybala’s signing would be a bold declaration of purpose from Roma’s new owners and unmistakable evidence of their strategy to turn Roma into a successful team. Dybala is a brilliant 28-year-old star in the prime of his career. But if they argue about €1.5 million, they run the risk of missing out on the biggest personality to arrive in the city since Gabriel Batistuta, another Argentine sensation.
Roma, it’s now or never. The Giallorossi’s future could be completely altered by this signing.
Follow along…

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