Manchester United are trying to secure a deal to sign Paulo Dybala.

The Times report talks are ongoing over a potential swap deal for Romelu Lukaku.

Juventus’ willingness to trade Dybala away is a remarkable climbdown from them considering their previous stance on the Argentine,.

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After they signed Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, sporting director Fabio Paritici boldly said the only player Juventus would swap Dybala for was Lionel Messi.

Paritici told Sport: “You could only improve on Dybala by signing Messi, maybe, while with Neymar I would have doubts.” 

But Dybala has had a difficult year. His worst so far at Juventus.

After seasons where he scored 23, 19 and 26 goals, last year he only managed 10.

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Pirlo and Messi weigh in

Former Juventus star Andrea Pirlo believed Dybala was impacted negatively by Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival.

He told Calciomercato: “Dybala’s value has decreased and that’s not Juventus’ fault.

“I think the problem is psychological. When you have the chance to play with a striker like Cristiano Ronaldo you should be happy about playing with him, you should be happy to learn from such a great champion.”


Comments from none other than Lionel Messi highlight Dybala’s preference for a specific role.

Messi told Goal: “At Juventus he plays just like me, we look for the same spaces. Alongside me in the national team he had to play more on the left, maybe he’s not so used to that.”

At United, pending a deal, Dybala will need to be utilised in his preferred central role, either leading the line or behind the striker.

Playing him out wide is not so smart, as Juventus found out last season.

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His dip in form is reason why after claims Juventus would not swap him for Neymar, they are ready to do so for an out of form Romelu Lukaku.

It’s a questionable choice from the Serie A side, but if we are to truly profit from their decision, of course Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to use the Argentine correctly.

But being the main man at United in attack, rather than being second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, could see Dybala get back to his best.

That feeling of importance could be even more crucial to getting Dybala firing, than the issue of where exactly he plays.

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