Following Roma’s defeat to Inter, the attention is now focusing on their attacking duo, Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku. La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that collectively, they contribute to 15% of the team’s wage bill which has led to questions from fans and management alike on whether it’s worth retaining them.
Dybala, despite his underwhelming performance against Inter, has never been doubted for his technical quality. Since his arrival in the capital, he has made a significant impact when he has been fit to play, although his numerous injuries have prevented him from maintaining consistency. His situation appears more stable with a contract until 2025 and the option to extend until 2026. However, Roma’s move to sign Baldanzi in January is seen as a sign of rebuilding a post-Dybala Roma.
The situation for Lukaku, who is on loan from Chelsea, is different. Barring any unexpected events, he is slated to return to England at the end of the season. Lukaku has often been criticised for failing to deliver in crucial matches. Considering the £20 million cost of his signing, many fans are wondering whether it would have been better to invest elsewhere. His future at Roma largely depends on a Champions League qualification; only then would the Friedkin family consider confirming his place in the team.