Manchester United Looking to Replace Romelu Lukaku with Paulo Dybala Ahead of Transfer Window Deadline

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Paulo Dybala is keen to move away from Juventus following interest from the Premier League.

Manchester United have lined up a big-money move for Juventus star Paulo Dybala as they look to replace Inter-bound striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Argentine forward has reportedly given the English giants a ‘green light’ over a potential move this summer following a frustrating season in Turin, according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport. Paulo Dybala was on the periphery of Juventus’ Serie A and Coppa Italia triumphs last season, having only scored 10 goals in all competitions. 

The 26-year old has been the victim of Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational £100m arrival in the summer of 2018, with former manager Massimiliano Allegri often deploying him on the bench. Dybala’s huge talent and world-class ability showed in the season before Ronaldo, when he scored 22 goals and provided 5 assists in the 2017-18 Serie A. 

Paulo Dybala has been reduced to a benchwarmer at Juventus since Cristiano Ronaldo joined the club.

Manchester United are looking to add some high-quality players before the transfer window ends, with Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes and Leicester City defender Harry Maguire also heavily linked. However, if the Reds lose Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, they will have to replace their Belgian front-man. 

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently told Norweigan media that ‘one or two’ transfers will happen at Manchester United.

“I cannot say so much other than that we have a good squad now. The ones we have here are a good team. So, we see all the time if we can get better. A lot is written and we have perhaps been linked to 150 players this summer. But it can happen, one or two transfers, both in and out, it can still happen,” he said.

Manchester United will have to sell Romelu Lukaku to fund Dybala’s potential transfer.

Paulo Dybala will cost somewhere between £70 to £90 million and Manchester United are eager to bring him to Old Trafford ahead of a hugely-important season. The 20-time English-top flight champions have not won a single trophy in two seasons and only managed to finish 6th in the Premier League last season. 

Their failure to qualify for the Champions League has also put a severe dent in their hopes of signing big names this summer. However, Paulo Dybala desperately wants to rejuvenate his career and could be tempted for a move to the Premier League heavyweights.

Paulo Dybala scored against Manchester United in the Champions League last season.

Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in Dybala following an exciting season where they finished 3rd in the Premier League and reached the Champions League final. Spurs, who signed Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for €60m earlier this month, could smash their transfer record twice in one window if Paulo Dybala arrives. 

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur go head-to-head in the International Champions Cup on Thursday as both teams prepare for the upcoming 2019-20 Premier League season which kicks-off on Friday, August 9.