Manchester United are understood to have pulled the plug on a deal to sign Paulo Dybala due to the Juventus striker’s wage demands.
United were in the running to sign the Argentina forward as part of a proposed swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku, but late on Sunday nigh it emerged that the Old Trafford club had decided against a move for the attacker.
United are believed to have briefed the media with numerous outlets announcing the deal was off because of doubts over whether Dybala wanted to join them.
And the Times report that United saw Dybala’s wage demands as excessive, claiming that Dybala asked for a salary of £18million a year – around £350,000 a week – over five years.
That would have put Dybala second behind United’s top earner Alexis Sanchez, who earns a basic £391,000 a week.
The report also claims Dybala’s representatives were also demanding a one-off £18million down payment, which apparently United baulked at leading Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United officials to shelve the signing after questioning the player’s motivation.
Solskjaer has targeted young, hungry players this summer with Dan James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka arriving and it’s understood that United thought signing Dybala would not be consistent with that approach.
Dybala joined Juventus from Palermo in 2015 and scored 10 times for the Serie A side last season.