Manchester United has been given the go ahead to submit a bid for Juventus want-away star, Paulo Dybala after the Argentine’s agent confirmed for the first time that the forward is unhappy at Juventus and will look to leave the Italian champions this summer. Dybala is good friends with United midfielder, Pogba and would be looking forward to a reunion.
The pair played together at Juventus during the 2015-16 season before Pogba returned to Manchester United at the end of that campaign. Dybala struck up a good friendship with Pogba during their time in Turin and the Argentine has suggested he would like to reunite with the United midfielder in the future. “It was great to see to see Paul again because we’re good friends,” Dybala said the day after United’s Champions League win at the Allianz Stadium.
The 25 year old has been a key player for Max Allegri’s side in recent years, but has found himself on the bench more times than usual this season. The Argentine has appeared in 28 Serie A games, scoring only five times and assisting with four more, with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer seen as the main reason.
The player and his brother, who acts as his representative, had previously kept their counsel, he has now confirmed that the player will seek a move this summer. Furthermore, and quite surprisingly, his agent has also cited the arrival of Ronaldo as the biggest factor in the player seeking a transfer.
“There are many possibilities that Paulo leaves Turin. He needs a change, he was very much at ease in Italy but now he is no longer,” Mariano Dybala said. “Let’s say that Paulo is no longer at ease and happy, as many other Juventus players are no longer well. He is not the only one who will leave. Problem with Ronaldo? No, off the field there is no problem with Cristiano. The problems are on the field: Paulo is young, he has to play.”
Dybala has been linked with a big-money £105m (€120m) move to two teams in the English Premier League; Manchester United and Liverpool in recent months amid uncertainty over his future in Turin beyond this season. Ian McGarry, a highly informed football journalist suggested over the weekend that a number of teams were monitoring Dybala’s situation after the player voiced his desire to leave.
“The guy who’s getable, certainly, and I think could change Manchester United’s fortunes, is Paulo Dybala from Juventus, who has made it clear that he feels he has done everything he can in Serie A, in Italian football, and wants to move,” said McGarry, speaking on the Transfer Window podcast.
“I believe his preference is to move to Spain and to Real Madrid. However that’s unlikely to happen given where they’re looking in terms of recruitment this summer. So a big-money move to England [could happen], ‘cos he’s currently on I think just under £100,000-a-week which by Premier League standards is quite cheap,” McGarry said.
“So again doubling his wages and getting him in, he’s not a No 9 per se, he’s more of a kind of No 10, but his goalscoring ratio is very, very good. I think if you put him and his dynamism into that Manchester United team and played a 4-3-3, which I think Solskjaer will succumb to in terms of his default formation for maybe the rest of the season but certainly next season – then Dybala could be the man,” he concluded.
Dybala is a quick, creative, elegant, and agile player, with excellent technical ability, he is known for his dribbling skills, balance, and close control in limited spaces, as well as his ability to beat opponents in one on one situations and protect or hold up the ball for teammates with his back to goal.
Due to his speed on the ball, positioning, intelligent movement, and ball skills, he excels during counter-attacks and at beating the offside trap when making attacking runs. A hardworking player, he is also known for his stamina and defensive contribution off the ball. He has helped Juventus to four league titles, winning the Serie A every season he has been there.