The agent of Paulo Dybala has revealed that Romelu Lukaku’s wishes prevented a transfer to Manchester United for the Juventus star, rather than vice versa.
It is far from a secret that Dybala was close to joining Man Utd last summer, but the Red Devils’ attempts to land the Argentina international fell through at the final hurdle.
Dybala could have swapped places with Lukaku, who was intent on leaving United for Serie A – but ended up joining their rivals Inter Milan instead.
It had previously been thought that a change of heart from Dybala had scuppered the swap deal, with reports as recent as last month highlighting how the 26-year-old performed a U-turn and decided to stay at Juventus.
But now, the agent of both players has revealed that it was actually Lukaku’s wishes that prevented the transfer from happening.
Federico Pastorello, who represents both Lukaku and Dybala, told Tuttosport (via the Mirror) of United being close to signing the Juventus star: “It’s true.
“Romelu, however, had always hoped to go to Inter because he was impressed by the affection of the Inter fans.”
Pastorello believes there is little chance of Dybala exiting this summer, though, also quashing talk of a swap deal with Tottenham for Harry Kane.