United End Dybala Interest
Manchester United’s move for Juventus striker Paulo Dybala is at an end after his personal terms and his agent’s commission scuppered the move.
Dybala’s representative was in London last week for talks at the Mayfair office of United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. But the meeting broke up without any agreement and there were three main sticking points.
Dybala was demanding wages of around £350,000 a week but while United were open to that idea the two sides were unable to come to an agreement over image rights. However, the Argentina international ruled out taking a 25 percent wage cut to his basic wage should the side fail to qualify for the Champions League. Finally, his agent’s demand for a commission payment of €14 million (around £12.5 million) was rejected by United.
Reports suggest Dybala has told Juventus he wants to stay at the club. Certainly his heart wasn’t in a move to Old Trafford – or to any Premier League club. The 25-year-old would prefer a move to Barcelona, Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain but none of those clubs are interested.
The news will come as a blow to Romelu Lukaku who looked set to move to Juventus as part of the deal. The Belgium international had already agreed a deal worth £300,000 a week.
Mandzukic In Manchester United Transfer Link
However, there are reports that United could sign Dybala’s team-mate Mario Mandzukic. The Daily Mail claims today that United are on the verge of signing the Croatia international.
The Mail claims Mandzukic will sign a three-year deal worth £120,000 a week – a 35 percent increase on his wages at Juventus.
But any transfer to Manchester United will come as a major surprise. Mandzukic is 33 years old. United tend not to sign players over the age of 30 on multi-year contracts.
The paper adds that United will pay £15 million for Mandzukic and that Juventus will put the money towards a bid for Lukaku. But with Dybala still at the club the Serie A champions won’t make any move for the Belgian. Inter Milan could revive their interest but it would take United to reduce their valuation of £80 million for the deal to go through.