Manchester United’s pursuit of Paula Dybala is accelerating, report Sky Italia.
The report claims talks are ongoing for Dybala and Lukaku to swap clubs, providing United and Juventus can reach a financial agreement, and Dybala accepts.
This reportedly comes after Dybala’s agent was said to be heading for talks with United yesterday.
But with a lack of an official agreement between the clubs, the importance of this report could easily be overstated.
The Times reports talks are only just beginning, with United willing to offer £200,000 per week.
It’s moving in the right direction clearly, but lets not get ahead of ourselves just yet. There have been enough false dawns this transfer window already.
Taking an opportunity
Moving to sign Dybala would be a case of United taking an opportunity which presents itself.
Lets not pretend he was high on our list heading into the summer. This has just come about as a solution to the Romelu Lukaku problem, with no club meeting our asking price.
It’s potentially a very good move, and might be our best way out of the Lukaku conundrum. We’ll definitely get excited about it.
But the positive aspects of the opportunism has a negative side. Where was the planning?
Does Dybala truly fit, or will he be like Juan Mata, or even Alexis Sanchez, neither of who have really made a position their own?
He’s talented enough that it’s probably worth taking the gamble to try and find out.
Signing Dybala would also throw doubt on the lengthy on-off pursuit of Bruno Fernandes.
With both players best in central attacking roles, albeit Dybala further forward, does this kill off a move for the Sporting star?
Di Marzio linked United with £70 million rated Fernandes just yesterday.
While possible United could do both if the plan is to play Dybala on the wing, per The Times, financial aspects come into play.
It’s unlikely we would spend big on Fernandes if we sign Dybala, with a centre-back still needed.
That would mean United going through the summer without signing a midfielder. Or will we sacrifice a centre-back instead to sign Fernandes and Dybala?
Neglecting either midfield or defence were unthinkable before the window, and undoubtedly is a major risk heading into the season.
Especially with midfield a clear mixed bag from what we have seen in pre-season so far, and Eric Bailly picking up a four month injury in defence.
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