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“I need someone to share the mates” – Enzo Fernandez becomes latest Chelsea player to talk up Paulo Dybala move

By Harry Edwards

Published: 16:36, 11 July 2023

Enzo Fernandez claims he has spoken to compatriot Paulo Dybala about a potential move to Chelsea this summer.

Paulo Dybala ended a seven-year association with Juventus last summer in joining Roma on a free transfer, signing a three-year deal with the capital club. However, he is already being linked with a move away from Rome following a strong campaign.

The Argentine was directly involved in 25 goals in 38 appearances across all competitions for Roma, scoring 18 with a further seven assists. In the Europa League alone, Dybala scored five goals and set up one to help Roma reach the finals, even finding the net against Sevilla. However, he had to come off injured midway through the second half due to injury, missing extra time and penalties as Roma eventually lost.

According to reports, Dybala has a release clause in his contract at Roma which would allow him to leave for a non-Serie A side for just £10m, which has apparently piqued the interest of a number of European clubs. Manchester United are one name being linked, but Chelsea appear to be at the forefront with Mauricio Pochettino reportedly keen on adding Dybala to his attack.

And Pochettino isn’t the only man at Chelsea keen on Dybala joining the club. Fernandez, who plays alongside Dybala for Argentina and won the World Cup with the Roma man last year, hopes the pair could link up in west London, needing someone to drink mate teas with.

“Yes, I saw something about that. We’ll see. I hope he comes,” Fernandez told Argentinian outlet Ole.

“I talked to him and told him that I’m waiting for him to share a barbecue or something. I need someone to share the mates.”

It appears Chelsea players are keeping a close eye on the Dybala reports, as Fernandez isn’t alone in hearing about them and then talking to the Roma man to try and get him to move to London. Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has also spoken about a potential move for Dybala, hoping for a chance to play with the Argentine.

Speaking to Sky Sports while at the Formula 1 at Silverstone, Silva said: “I saw Paulo Dybala here, they talk about him at Chelsea.

“I hope he arrives. I’ve talked with him and asked him if he is coming, he answered me, but I can’t say what he told me. I would really like him to become a Chelsea player, he is a top player. It would help the team a lot.

“I would love to play with him and it would be a massive signing. Let’s see.”

Last season in Serie A, Dybala scored 12 goals, more than any Chelsea player with Kai Havertz top scoring for the Blues in the Premier League on eight goals – Raheem Sterling was next up with six, while Joao Felix managed four despite only joining in January. Dybala also recorded more assists per 90 minutes than the likes of Sterling, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Christopher Nkunku, proving to be an all-round threat.

But, any Chelsea fans hoping of a move for Dybala may settle down slightly after hearing what the man himself said of a potential move away: “I’m motivated for pre-season, which we’re starting tomorrow [Monday]. My future? I’m happy at Roma. I’m staying here.”