Man Utd swap deal touted as Juventus put tempting price on star man’s head

Date published: Monday 17th August 2020 10:17 - James Marshment

Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala

Juventus have told Paulo Dybala he can leave for the right price this summer, according to a report.

The Argentine forward was named Serie A’s MVP this season after playing a crucial role in their successful title defence.

Dybala scored 17 times and added 14 assists from his 34 appearances as Juve held off pressure from Inter and Lazio to win the Scudetto.

But his future remains under the spotlight, with the player yet to agree a new deal at the Allianz Stadium.

Dybala has just two years remaining on his contract with Juve. As such, he could be sold this summer should he fail to agree terms, claims a report.

Furthermore il Gazzetta dello Sport claims Juve have stuck a €90m (£81m) fee on Dybala’s head. Predictably, Manchester United and Tottenham have been named as suitors for the forward.

The duo were strongly reported to have been close to signing Dybala last summer. A report claimed the 26-year-old’s agent was in a meeting with Ed Woodward and close to agreeing terms.

That deal, apparently, collapsed when Dybala received the assurances he wanted from Maurizio Sarri. The former Palermo man emerged as a key figure in Sarri’s side.

But the latter’s departure – Andrea Pirlo having been named his successor – has placed fresh question marks on Dybala’s future.

And il Gazzetta reckons that could once again open the door to a move to the Premier League.

United have once again been mentioned as the leading suitors. Talk of a swap deal involving Paul Pogba has also resurfaced.

However, the links do appear to have emerged without foundation. While United do have money to spend, their priorities lie with Jadon Sancho and the capture of a new centre-half.

Furthermore, Bruno Fernandes’ arrival in January probably negates United’s need to sign an attacking midfielder.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, did speak of the need to beef up his squad after Sunday’s Europa League semi-final defeat.

 

Messi linked with Man Utd move

Graeme Souness, meanwhile, says he could “easily” see United challenging Manchester City for Lionel Messi.

The developments come amid claims that City are keen on a move. Pep Guardiola’s side are reportedly willing to pay whatever it takes to sign the Argentine – who has reportedly told Barca he wants to leave.

Lionel-Messi-Barcelona

Writing in a column for The Times, however, Souness said he could see the forward at either Manchester club.

“Lionel Messi looked like a man who has had enough of carrying that team,” Souness said.

“Without him they wouldn’t even be good enough to qualify for the Champions League.

“This would be the perfect week to put a bid in for the 33-year-old Argentinian and I could easily see him playing in Manchester — at either United or City.”

 

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