Juventus Still Hopeful
Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici was in Manchester on Monday amidst reports from Italy that Manchester United’s move for Paulo Dybala isn’t quite dead.
Reports on Sunday claimed the Red Devils have dropped their interest in the Argentina international. A failure to come to an agreement over image rights, the player’s refusal to accept a clause cutting 25 percent from his wages if United fail to qualify for the Champions League and his agent’s commission payments all appeared to have scuppered the transfer.
However, Italian website Calciomercato claims that despite United putting it out that Dybala wouldn’t be moving to Old Trafford the deal isn’t quite as dead as it looks.
Paratici’s business in Manchester was more to do with business at Manchester City over a transfer deal that would see Joao Cancelo move to the Etihad and Danilo heading in the opposite direction. However, Paratici is expecting a call from the London office of United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward inviting him to resume talks along with Dybala’s agent Jorge Antun.
Antun’s demand for between €14 million and €15 million (£13-14 million) is the main sticking point as it is believed Dybala may row back on his demands. The Argentine is believed not to be keen on a move to the Premier League – he would prefer a switch to Barcelona, Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain.
Dybala may yet get his wish. PSG sporting director Leonardo has been in touch and a deal could stil go through if Neymar leaves.
Manchester United will have to move quickly. The Premier League transfer deadline is this Thursday while much of Europe has until 2 September. The deadline for Serie A is 23 August.
Juve ‘To Offer Three Players’
Meanwhile, Tuttosport claims Juventus will offer three players to Manchester United as part of a deal to take Paul Pogba back to the Serie A club. Dybala, striker Mario Mandzukic and midfielder Blaise Matuidi could be offered as part of the deal. But United would prefer to do a swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku who had already a £300,000-a-week contract with the Italian club before the Dybala deal collapsed.
Reports on Monday claimed Mandzukic has already agreed a three-year deal with United but it’s difficult to see them changing club policy of only offering one-year contracts to players over the age of 30. Mandzukic is 33, Matuidi is 32.