Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was tight-lipped when asked about the possibility of Manchester United signing Juventus playmaker Paulo Dybala, following United’s 1-0 win over Kristiansund in Oslo.
Talk of the proposal deal which could see Romelu Lukaku go the other way heated up this evening, with Manchester Evening News claiming United have held talks with the Italian giants over the transfer of Dybala and the Argentine could arrive in the coming days.
Allowing Lukaku to leave is the next step to permanently implementing the counter-attacking and possession hybrid that Solskjaer appeared to have imposed on his United players during his first 15 games in charge.
“I’m not here to talk about any rumours or speculation about other team’s players,” Solskjaer said when asked specifically about Dybala, as per the MEN.
“But of course we’re working on one of two cases, as I’ve said before. There’s another ten days before we start the league and hopefully we can announce a fresh face or two.”
The warning signs are there with this signing with Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – just for being available and the expense – but Dybala is a risk worth taking. We can’t worry about what happened with previous players who flopped forever, we must move on.
Dybala may take some time getting used to United as a club, too. Coming from a club with expectations to conquer Europe, the Red Devils are some way off that.
United have added just two new players to the squad this season – Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka – but talks are ongoing with Leicester City over a move for England international Harry Maguire, as reported by BBC Sport.
The transfer window concluding with those four additions, including Dybala, would make us feel a lot more optimistic about our chances for the new season.