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Romano explains why Man United turned down chance to sign world-class free agent

Just like Jesse Lingard at the end of the season, former Juventus attacking midfielder Paulo Dybala found himself looking for a new club after failing to extend his contract with Juventus.

The Argentine playmaker spent seven years with the Old Lady but his time in Turin recently came to an end, leaving the 28-year-old with no choice but to find himself a new home.

Although Jose Mourinho’s Roma entered the race and managed to convince Dybala to join their project, according to Fabrizio Romano, the talented South American could have found himself playing for Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils.

However, despite being offered the chance to sign the Argentina international, Man United rejected the chance to complete a deal – even though Dybala was a free agent.

Read more: Jesse Lingard close to transfer decision as two teams continue negotiations

“Despite the speculation, no Premier League club made any concrete offers; Dybala had been offered to Man United by his agents, but the club had other priorities,” Romano explained on his CaughtOffside SubStack.

Paulo Dybala in action in Argentina.

Although it is easy to get excited by the possibility of signing a high-profile player for free, it is important to remember that ten Hag will have a clear idea of which players he wants to bring in to fit his strict system.

Obviously, Dybala did not fit the manager’s plans so the right thing to do was to pass up the chance to bring him to Old Trafford. The last thing United need is to be signing players on big wages because of their name alone.

Interestingly though, although Mourinho will be delighted with Roma’s recent capture, the club were forced to include a very modest release clause.

“His Roma deal includes a release clause, which will be valid for around €20m,” Romano added.

“But Roma would have the possibility to relaunch and “block” it under certain conditions.”

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6 Comments

  1. Something positive seems to be happening at Man Utd.In the previous yrs they’d have gone running for these so-called big names at every opportunity,the Neymars,Dybalas etc of this world without a clear cut recruitment strategy.They seemed to believe getting these big names would adequately solve their deep seated problems & paper the cracks in the club structure but it never happened.They seem to have learnt their lesson & some of us are encouraged by these dvpments.Great!!!!

  2. david-the issue isn’t about his low wages but that he didn’t fit into the manager’s plans.I commend the board for listening to the manager.this was unheard of in the past.& if my memory serves me right this is one one guy who was once offered a deal at Man U & it fell thru coz he was allegedly demanding that he be made the highest paid player.i doubt if Man U will regret their decision to snub him. time will tell

  3. Diabala was once courted by United but saw the invite as a retirement package. United need to sign players who genuinely want to come and make a contribution to the club’s history….not their back pocket.

  4. Even if United paid him £10m for a year and sold him after the year for the £20m quoted it’s was a win win for club finances and play him 20 times as a sub,can’t see reason why not unless there’s something we’re not being told….another Pogba maybe

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