A report in The Mail has claimed Manchester United want to sign Paulo Dybala.
The report says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big fan, and that Juventus are willing to sell for between £70-90 million.
There’s quite a bit to unpack here, so lets take a look at the key questions.
What’s Dybala’s situation?
Dybala signed for Juventus in 2015 and has scored 78 goals in four seasons.
Just 10 came last season, with his role in the team impacted by Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival, compared to 23 the year before.
Juventus have recently spent big on Matthijs de Ligt and offloading Dybala might help balance the books.
What’s the catch?
Dybala has loosely been linked to United already this summer, touted by some media outlets as a makeweight in a Paul Pogba deal.
There is a chance United negotiating for Dybala could bring Juventus back to the fore for Pogba once again.
There’s a possibility that United moving for Dybala would enable Juventus to buy Mauro Icardi, giving Inter Milan funds to buy Romelu Lukaku.
Where would he fit?
Dybala’s versatility is an asset. He is capable of both leading the line and playing as a secondary striker.
He also made eight starts for Juventus last season on the right wing, although all of his goals came from a central or attacking midfield role.
Dybala would be a more expensive alternative to Bruno Fernandes, but also one who could offer more, being able to feature as a striker.
He would be an interesting option for United to rotate the attack with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, making United very unpredictable to read.
One other thing…
Dybala really enjoyed playing at Old Trafford last season in the Champions League, as this tweet showed.
He backed this up by scoring Juventus’ goal in the win.
Dybala, 25, needs a move and United are one of the few European teams able to pull it off.
It’s interesting to see us linked without any mention of Pogba, and with Solskjaer named as an admirer.
Dybala could be a very good signing, one capable of improving the players around him.
There would be obvious questions over his ability to adapt to English football, although his goal against United and Champions League winner over Tottenham in 2018 bode well.
It’s hard to say he should really be a priority, though.
This is a move only likely to happen providing Romelu Lukaku is sold, although we remain to be convinced Dybala is United’s focus.
Days ago it was Bruno Fernandes and Nicolas Pepe.
A move for Dybala is possible, but we would not say probable.
Rumour reliability rating: 3/5
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