If Romelu Lukaku leaves Manchester United during this transfer window, the 20-time Premier League champions will certainly have to replace the Belgian.
One name that the Reds are apparently looking at is Paulo Dybala. The rumour comes from the usually reliable Ian McGarry, who, on the Transfer Window Podcast (transcribed by the Daily Star) – claimed that United are willing to meet the 25-year-old’s release clause.
The Reds aren’t the only one in the chase to sign Dybala, though, with Inter Milan also keen, while the player himself would prefer a move to Real Madrid should that opportunity arise.
“Dybala’s still on United’s shortlist, that’s for sure,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.
“It was held up in terms of the deal because what we reported was that United had indicated to Juventus that they were willing to meet the buy-out clause of Dybala.
“That was before of course Allegri’s future was decided and in between, Dybala himself said he didn’t want to make any rash decisions based on now knowing who the incoming coach would be.
“Now obviously that’s been cleared up. But the Copa America is now getting in the way of that particular negotiation.”
Dybala is a wonderfully gifted footballer. He actually scored against us in a Champions League group stage match at Old Trafford before the turn of the year – a game in which he was probably the best player on the pitch…
That said, his time in Turin has been relatively hit and miss and you can see why Juventus may well be willing to cash in on the Argentine.
In terms of his fit at Old Trafford, Dybala’s best position is playing just in-behind the striker. That spot may not be an option if United persist with the 4-3-3 formation, so if the Reds did somehow secure his services, expect the attacker to play either on the wing or as the main man up top.
Personally, I don’t see this one happening, but McGarry is usually pretty spot on with his information so I do believe that there is some truth in United’s apparent interest in Dybala…