The Paulo Dybala transfer saga — it’s actually only been a few days, but we feel aged — continues. The latest reports paint a picture of Juventus being very motivated to get the rumored swap deal done, with Dybala headed to Manchester United and Romelu Lukaku headed the other way. Juventus now appear to be on the brink of forcing Dybala out, by telling him not to bother reporting for training until next week.
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Paulo Dybala updates ⚪️⚫️ - Still no agreement between Paulo Dybala and Manchester United. Tomorrow, contacts will re-start and let’s see what can happen.⌛️ - Today there have been new talks between Dybala’s agents and Man Utd but he has not decided yet about his future and he’s still going to ask an important contract. - Man United are going to push on next days, Dybala today has not spoken with Maurizio Sarri yet. He keeps waiting. ♂️ - Dybala will NOT train with Juventus until 5th August if the situation will not be solved. ⛔️ - Manchester United and Juve are still waiting, also Romelu Lukaku who agreed personal terms with Juventus. #MUFC #Dybala #ManUnited #transfers #Juve •••••••••••••••••••••• ••••••••••••••••••••• Gli aggiornamenti su Dybala ⚪️⚫️ - Non è stato ancora raggiunto un accordo tra Paulo Dybala e il Manchester United. Domani si ripartirà a trattare.⌛️ - Oggi ci sono stati nuovi contatti tra il Man United e Dybala ma non si è raggiunta un’intesa. Paulo non ha ancora deciso e vuoe un contratto top. - Il Man United insisterà per chiudere ma Paulo oggi non ha ancora parlato con Maurizio Sarri e attende di farlo. ♂️ - Dybala non si allenerá con la Juventus fino al 5 agosto se la situazione non verrà risolta. ⛔️ - Il Man United e la Juve continueranno ad aspettare, così come Romelu Lukaku che ha un accordo con i bianconeri sul contratto. @skysport #calciomercato #juventus #paulodybala
A teammate of Dybala who formerly played for United is even said to have encouraged the move on a group Whatsapp. To add further intrigue, chief incompetent Ed Woodward has been spotted at United’s London offices, perhaps on transfer-related business.
Lukaku and Dybala may not be the only items on Woodward’s agenda, however, as Sky Sport Italia are reporting that a potential move for Mario Mandzukić is on the table as well.
Mandzukić would be a veteran presence and an interesting option off the bench, but it would be hard to see how he would fit Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred style. It could be that Juventus are just trying to drum up interest in a player that they would happily cash in on, or maybe Solskjaer has seen the need to add experience to what would be a very young attacking core. With less than a week left in the transfer window, we’ll know soon enough.