Manchester United’s move to sign Paulo Dybala is off, report BBC Sport.
We are going to break down the reasons why, and look at what’s next for the players involved.
The report states United have backed out of the deal due to Dybala’s wage demands.
The real reason appears to be Dybala’s reluctance to move, feeling he is being pushed into a deal.
If that’s the case, then there is not much point in United pursuing it.
The difference with United’s three signings of Dan James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire is that they were all desperate to sign with United.
Romelu Lukaku is left in a tough position now, as he was due to move to Juventus in a swap deal.
Di Marzio reports Juventus are still looking at options to get the deal done, while Inter remain keen.
Mario Mandzukic was said to be ready to sign with United as part of the deal. He is also now left in limbo, The Telegraph report.
Bruno Fernandes would be a better fit for United than Dybala. However, BBC’s Simon Stone claims he is not among our options.
It’s looking possible that United may end up not signing a player in this position this summer.
This could be good news for Angel Gomes, who really stood out in pre-season. It’s a lot of pressure though.
Possible contenders for late moves include Christian Eriksen, Giovani Lo Celso or Isco. James Maddison would be ideal, but Leicester won’t let him go along with Maguire.
A late bid for Sean Longstaff might end up coming back onto the agenda.
This is where we really have to question the club’s planning.
Dybala came up as an opportunity, and United pursued it. But who, if not Fernandes, was our previous Plan A, B, and C?
And why has it taken until this long to even look at signing a midfielder?
It’s not good enough, and unless United address it before the deadline, there is a real risk the squad is being left short-handed this season.
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