Roman Abramovich has blocked Chelsea’s move for Juventus outcast Paulo Dybala to protect new signings Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech, according to reports in Italy.
The Blues spent close to £250million in the summer and autumn window, with Frank Lampard given significant financial backing after being prevented from strengthening his squad last season by their transfer embargo.
Highly-rated striker Timo Werner completed a £54million switch from RB Leipzig, left-back Ben Chilwell arrived in a £50million move from Leicester and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy joined from Rennes in a deal worth £22million.
Thiago Silva also signed for Lampard’s side on a free transfer after departing Paris St-Germain at the end of August.
Frank Lampard was handed almost £250million worth of new signings at Chelsea over the summer
However, Chelsea’s most creative additions of the recent window were Havertz (£72million) and Ziyech (£36million) – who are both capable of operating in attacking midfield, central midfield or out wide.
And according to Italian outlet Calciomercato, Blues chief Abramovich has no intention of funding a move for Dybala after recently spending £106million on the pair.
The Blues are now being linked with a move for Juventus outcast Paulo Dybala
But reports in Italy suggest Roman Abramovich is not prepared to fund a deal for the Argentine
Dybala has fallen out of favour under new Juve boss Andrea Pirlo, racking up just two appearances in Serie A so far this season.
Recent reports have suggested that Chelsea are eyeing up a deal for 26-year-old, who has less than two years remaining on his current contract in Turin.
Nevertheless, Abramovich’s trusted men have reportedly received a ‘clear guidance’ not to sign another attacking midfielder or second striker.
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