Signing a forward has been low on Manchester United’s list of priorities this summer, with the midfield being the main cause for concern as Erik ten Hag shapes his side.
The latest developments surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s future could, however, force their hand this summer as the 37-year-old has asked the club to consider any suitable bids made for him.
Furthermore, his future at the club has been thrown into doubt after he failed to report for training this week, missing the first two sessions. Now, United are being linked with one of his former teammates as a potential replacement.
Paulo Dybala was close to joining United in 2019 but the Old Trafford club pulled out of the deal at the 11th hour. But their interest could be revived in the event that Ronaldo departs.
Dybala is a free agent after leaving Juventus this summer, having failed to reach an agreement with the Turin club over a new contract.
According to Sky Italy, there are no concrete developments in his future. Inter Milan were believed to be favourites to sign him but as per the report, the Nerazzurri have placed him on stand-by.
That has led to the Argentina international readying himself to evaluate offers from abroad, with United listed as a possible candidate from England. Ronaldo’s uncertain future is cited as a possible factor.
At 29, Dybala’s next contract will most likely be his last big deal and his demands three years ago was the reason a move never materialised.
Should Ronaldo leave before the end of the window, it remains to be seen whether United will make a concerted effort to sign a striker or if they deem their current options to be enough. Dybala is not an out-and-out striker and would not replace Ronaldo as the club’s sole forward.
The player will want to resolve his future as soon as possible but an immediate move for a striker is unlikely at Old Trafford.