Manchester United have reportedly told Juventus they are willing to meet Paulo Dybala’s buy-out clause.
The Argentine playmaker fell out of favour with former Juventus boss Massimilano Allegri, but football consultant Ian McGarry, who provided the news, says the deal is being held up because Dybala wants to see who will manage Juventus next.
The 25-year-old is also currently on international duty with Argentina.
This update seemingly puts United in pole position to sign Dybala, although his buy-out clause was not revealed by McGarry.
Inter Milan, who are linked with a move for Red Devils striker Romelu Lukaku, as per The Metro, are also believed to be interested in Dybala but surely Juventus would prefer to sell him abroad than to an Italian rival.
McGarry says the player would prefer a move to Real Madrid, which now seems unlikely due to the Spanish giants signing Eden Hazard from Chelsea instead.
“Dybala’s still on United’s shortlist, that’s for sure,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast, as quoted by the Daily Star.
“It was held up in terms of the deal because what we reported was that United had indicated to Juventus that they were willing to meet the buy-out clause of Dybala.
“That was before of course Allegri’s future was decided and in between, Dybala himself said he didn’t want to make any rash decisions based on now knowing who the incoming coach would be.
“Now obviously that’s been cleared up. But the Copa America is now getting in the way of that particular negotiation.”
Now Dybala knows Juve will be managed by Maurizio Sarri next season, he can make a decision on his future.
But there isn’t much in the English press about United actively trying to sign Dybala…
He added: “Dybala himself would have preferred Real Madrid, who have now signed Eden Hazard, so that is highly, highly unlikely he’ll be going there.
“Obviously it would be impossible to go to Barcelona now, so Manchester United would be probably his only option in terms of the elite clubs that you’ve mentioned.
“I find the Inter ambition very impressive, but I think also almost impossible to fulfil.
“Obviously they want to please Conte coming in as manager and he’s a man who likes to be pleased, but do do all those deals would be very expensive and also very difficult.”