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Paulo Dybala signs for Roma on free transfer

Dybala joins Roma on free transfer

One of Italian soccer’s most recognizable players is switching teams, as Paulo Dybala has opted to leave Juventus and sign with Roma on a free transfer. Dybala is a technically gifted striker and has spent the last seven years at Juve. He is now 28, and while he never fully lived up to his potential in Torino, he is still a great signing for Jose Mourinho’s Roma squad.

Dybala quickly rose to prominence after he first signed with Juventus in 2015, scoring 26 goals in 46 games in his first campaign. At that time, the Argentinian was pegged to be the next Lionel Messi and was one of the brightest young talents in the world. While he has never quite hit the heights he was projected to, last season Dybala had 15 goals across 39 games.

It is fascinating that Dybala is joining a direct rival of Juventus. Roma is Jose Mourinho’s latest challenge, and the Portuguese coach is one of the most notable coaches in the world. He is very outspoken, and while he has a tendency to get under some people’s skin, his players love to play for him. According to some reports, Mourinho is the reason Dybala decided to head to the capital.


Roma might be rebuilding, but they have a young team with a lot of talent. Dybala will be expected to come in and be a leader for the young squad. He is still a good striker, so he will be starting up top, but he will also have to learn how to help his teammates develop.

Juventus, meanwhile, are undergoing quite a team shift and have had a lot of changes in this transfer window. The Italian giants are making a lot of good signings, but they have also lost a ton of talent. Regardless of what happens, this team is going to look very different next year, and while Juve already have a replacement forward in Dusan Vlahovic, Dybala was a fan favorite and that aspect of his game may be irreplaceable.

Juventus are currently at +187 with Bovada to win the Serie A next season, and considering their historical dominance, that’s a great line. While they have lost a lot of veterans this transfer window, Juve have done a great job of bringing in young talent to fill in the gaps.

Most betting sites have Roma at around +1600 to win the Serie A, and that could be a good bet as well. Mourinho is a lightning-rod manager, but his success in the past cannot be overlooked. He is taking some risks with this Roma squad and building a fascinating team. At these odds, it could be worth taking a shot on them on the off chance it all pans out.

This is an intriguing transfer that slightly shifts the power dynamics in Italian soccer. Dybala may not be the player that was promised when he was younger, but he is still a top-level striker and a proven difference-maker on attack. He is going to be a huge factor for this Roma side, and Mourinho will be hoping Dybala finds the fountain of youth and plays like he did when he first arrived on the scene.

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