Reports from Spain suggest Manchester United have rejected the chance to sign Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala in a potential swap deal with Paul Pogba.
According to Don Balon, the Reds were offered the opportunity to sign the 25-year-old Argentine but were not interested in the swap with Pogba.
Dybala had a quiet season last time out, only scoring eight goals for the Italian season.
The report says that a return to Turin to team up with new coach Mauricio Sarri is now unlikely, and Real Madrid is now Pogba’s most likely destination. The Frenchman has already said it would be a ‘dream’ to play for Los Blancos, where he would be managed by compatriot Zinedine Zidane.
Pogba was heard earlier this summer saying he wants a new challenge, and therefore an exit from Old Trafford.
However, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was quick to praise the Frenchman in his first pre-season press conference in Perth.
“Paul’s never put himself out of the team, always given his best and I can’t report anything other than that agents talk all the time.
“I can’t be sitting here talking about Paul and what agents are saying, we’ve got a few years left of his contract and he’s been fantastic,” Solskjaer said as quoted by BBC Sport, referring to agent Mino Raiola’s comments about him wanting to leave the club.
Whether or not Pogba does leave this summer, the Reds should still be looking at two midfield signings before the window shuts in what is already a key area of weakness.
Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina is the latest midfielder to be linked with the club; The Times report that the Gabonese international has been given permission to speak to the Reds.