Manchester United are desperately short of quality strikers and with the potential exit of Cristiano Ronaldo, the club need to find a solution, and fast. New manager Erik ten Hag is aware that Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial might not make it and wants to add more firepower up front.
One player who will instantly improve the offense is free agent Paulo Dybala. And according to the Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Red Devils spoke with Argentine agent Jorge Antun.
However, Inter Milan seem to be the preferred option at the moment. Things were complicated due to their economic conditions. They must clear their payroll by selling two attackers in order to accommodate the Argentinian international.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via PianetaMilan), Inter and the player’s representatives have verbally agreed a four-year deal, but the Nerazzurri are struggling to offload Alexis Sanchez and another between Edin Džeko and Joaquín Correa. Both forwards are hesitant to leave Milan at the moment.
Dybala is without a team and it looks like nobody in Italy wants him. Inter’s withdrawal is not a tactic, it’s reality.
His agents have started more contact with Premier League sides, Manchester United being one idea.
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Interest from Italy remains strong, with current Serie A champions AC Milan also keen on a deal. However, their economic conditions dictate that they cannot pay more than €4-4.5m net per season. And the player ideally aims for a minimum of 6 million euros per season.
Jose Mourinho’s Roma are keen on the possibility of bringing the player to the Europa League champions, but the player prefers a move to a Champions League club. Napoli don’t have the finances to complete the deal at the moment.
United position depends on CR7
The Red Devils will have no problem giving the player the desired salary, especially considering the amount the player was asking for in 2019-20.
However, the club are unwilling to sort through the attacking mess without first clearing up the future of their No.7. This news has been corroborated by TuttoMercatoWeb. They said the Reds could be a ‘concrete hypothesis’ for Dybala, only if CR7 were to move away from Old Trafford this summer.
Romano cleared up the confusion by saying that with the 28-year-old being a free agent, things could move quickly if United were really interested in moving for the versatile striker.
“Man United have only had contact with their agent but there’s never been anything else so far, not even a discussion on salary or a formal offer – of course with free agents it could change in five minutes,” Romano wrote in his sound Caught offside column.
Despite the injuries that have plagued him in recent years, his numbers are nonetheless impressive. Last season, in 39 games for Juventus, he scored 15 goals and provided six assists.
Ten Hag will take the final call to find out if the club will go for their third free agent this summer after Christian Eriksen and Thomas Strakosha. Antony remains the Dutchman’s top priority but Ajax have put a high price on him which makes the deal difficult to complete at the moment.
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