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Paulo Dybala deal getting closer with the player having to make Manchester United decision by tomorrow

Manchester United may have to play the waiting game to see if Juventus forward Paulo Dybala will sign for the Old Trafford club with Romelu Lukaku heading in the other direction. The rumours have seemingly been developing since the idea was first released into the media earlier in the week. It is even suggested that United would get Mario Mandzukic too.

Towards the end of the week with Dybala returning to Italy, he was given some extra time away from training, needing to return on Monday 5 August 2019. It is reported by the Daily Mail that the 25-year-old will need to notify Juventus of his intentions on Monday, so this might be something that comes to an end quickly, unlike other transfer deals.

Obviously, time is not something both United and Juventus have with the transfer window for Premier League clubs closing at 5 pm BST on Thursday, giving United four days from today to get things across the line. The club is unlikely to let Lukaku leave after the deadline if this does not work out as it will leave them short ahead of the new season.

It would seem that there are complications and Dybala holds the key to the transfer being unlocked with Lukaku all set to leave the Old Trafford club this summer, which could all backfire if the Argentinian decided against the move. Dybala was a star in the Juventus team before Cristiano Ronaldo signed for the club a year ago.

It has also been reported that Ronaldo has been trying to sell the move to United, telling him about the club, the history etc in a bid to tempt him away from Turin. The Times has reported that United has negotiated a deal which would see Dybala and Mandzukic leave Juventus with Lukaku heading in the opposite direction.

It was also suggested that Juventus were happy with the transaction which would see them signing Lukaku without paying a transfer fee, also offloading both Dybala and Mandzukic off the wage bill, which has been under pressure following the arrival of Ronaldo last summer and Matthijs de Ligt this summer.

The Times has also reported that Juventus has ‘encouraged’ Dybala to consider leaving the club this summer, aiming to get him to discuss the proposal rather than to return to pre-season training. The player’s representatives are seeking an annual wage of £10 million, also demanding £10 million commission as part of the deal.

It all seems complicated but reports suggest that both United and Juventus are confident of a deal being agreed, as at the end of the day, would Dybala be thinking about something he did not want and would there be demands of a wage deal if there was no chance he would leave Juventus for Manchester United?

United look set to complete the signing of Harry Maguire with the player undergoing a medical at the club Carirington training ground this weekend with manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggesting that an announcement could be made soon, which would see Maguire arrive as the clubs third summer signing and a new world record for a defender.

Paulo Dybala to hold meeting with Maurizio Sarri ahead of decision to leave Juventus for Manchester United in Romelu Lukaku swap deal

Late on Tuesday evening, it was reported by Sky Sports Italy that Manchester United and Juventus had agreed a swap deal in principle which would take Romelu Lukaku to the Serie A and send Paulo Dybala to the Premier League this summer. However, it was stated that the deal hinges on whether Dybala would want to move on this summer.

Then came reports that Dybala’s agent, Jorge Antun was in London for talks regarding a prospective transfer this summer. There was belief that United could sign the 25-year-old Argentinian to strengthen the clubs attack, which was tested against Norwegian side Kristiansund on Tuesday evening in Oslo in which United won the match 1-0, winning a penalty in the last minute, which was scored by Juan Mata.

Dybala signed for Juventus in the summer of 2015, signing from Palermo for a fee of €32 million with a further €8 million in add ons. The 25-year-old has since played 182 times for the Italian club, scoring 78 goals. The player was reportedly considering his future at Juventus after losing his place to Cristiano Ronaldo, who signed for the club last summer.

Dybala is valued at €100 million by Juventus and is understood to want to speak to head coach, Maurizio Sarri before making a decision on a move to the Theatre of Dreams, which is understandable considering Sarri has recently become the new manager at the club after leaving Chelsea at the end of last season. The meeting between the two will be held this week.

It is suggested that Dybala may take some convincing to leave Juventus and United will need a replacement for Lukaku, should he leave this summer. Moussa Dembele is a name on the list to replace the Belgian. Juventus may make a cash offer is Dybala did not want to leave the club this summer. The clubs vice-president, Pavel Nedved spoke to the media about interest in Dybala, refusing to be drawn in on Lukaku, saying:

“We have some offers for Paulo Dybala but we’ll wait to decide about his future. [Romelu] Lukaku? We always try to get players but I don’t want to speak about Lukaku or others.”

Inter Milan have been interested in Lukaku all summer but their two-year loan offer with a compulsory purchase at the end was rejected, as was their low offer for the Belgian striker. This has now left Juventus in the driving seat for Lukaku at this stage of the summer although Inter director Giuseppe Marotta has suggested the club are still interested in signing Lukaku this summer.

Former United defender Patrice Evra has also been in the news days after announcing his retirement from football. It is stated in the media that the Frenchman contacted his former teammate to try and convince him to move to United this summer. It was also suggested that Lukaku has agreed on a £160,000 equivalent wage at Juventus, which might be a bit premature.

Both United and Juventus are said to be optimistic of this swap deal going through, which will be the second the club will have completed in the past two years and Alexis Sanchez arriving from Arsenal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading the other way. It is said that United has offered Dybala £150,000 a week to move to the Old Trafford club but the Argentinian is said to be asking for £210,000 a week.

Last season at Juventus, despite losing his place to Ronaldo, Dybala played a total of 42 times for the club in the Serie A, UEFA Champions League, Coppa Italia, and the Coppa Italiana, scoring ten goals and five assists in 2,820 minutes of football. Dybala played as a right-winger, a centre-forward, a second striker and an attacking midfielder.

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