As Juventus and Paulo Dybala inch towards finding an agreement over the terms of a new contract, the reliable Fabrizio Romano has provided an insight into just how close the Argentine came to joining Manchester United last summer.
Dybala – Lukaku swap falls through
One of the biggest talking points across the European media in the buildup to the English transfer deadline back in August surrounded a potential blockbuster swap deal between Juventus and Man United.
The transfer in question would have seen Romelu Lukaku make the move to Turin, in exchange for Paulo Dybala.
Claims even mounted that an agreement between the two clubs was essentially in place.
The one major sticking point throughout negotiations, however, was Dybala.
Argentine attacker Dybala was rumoured to have had serious reservations over the possibility of joining United, with Miguel Delaney of the Independent having suggested that the 26-year-old doubted the Red Devils’ ability to return to the very top of European football.
As such, the board at Old Trafford, in the end, came to the decision to pull the plug on the deal.
United, though, were not the only Premier League heavyweight to have expressed a keen interest in Dybala’s signature.
Tottenham were also heavily-linked with a move for the Juventus star, with Sky Italia having confirmed that a €70 million deal to send the Argentine to north London was, at one point, in place:
Tottenham have agreed a €70m deal with Juventus to sign Paulo Dybala, according to Sky in Italy.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 6, 2019
‘Want to stay’
As had been the case throughout the rumours linking him with a move to Old Trafford, though, Dybala again stood firm in the face of adversity, sticking by his guns to remain a Juventus player.
And now, on the back of working his way into the plans of new Bianconeri boss Maurizio Sarri, and playing some of his finest football in some time to this point in the current campaign, the South American attacker looks set to be rewarded for his loyalty.
As per reliable Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, writing for Calciomercato, a new 5-year Juventus contract, worth over €7 million-per-season, is on the table for Dybala,
The Bianconeri are said to be confident that their no. 10 will put pen-to-paper on the deal, with a renewal coming to fruition before the summer now viewed as a mere formality.
Romano’s report, meanwhile, also provided further insight into just how close Dybala actually came to joining Manchester United.
It is claimed that the former Palermo man’s representative, Jorge Antun, had actually travelled to London for talks with Red Devils executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
However, as Antun entered the meeting, he received a phone call from an adamant Dybala, who reiterated: ‘I don’t care about money. I want to stay (at Juventus).’
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