Manchester United are already looking at possibilities in the upcoming transfer market. After finishing the 2018/19 Premier League in sixth place, there’s no question the Old Trafford side must strengthen things on both ends of the pitch if they want to challenge for a Top 4 finish next season.
With that in mind, one of the potential transfer targets could be Paulo Dybala. The Juventus forward has been linked with an Old Trafford switch for quite a while now, but that possibility could become a reality this summer. Especially after reading his brother’s words in recent hours.
How viable is Dybala’s signing?
“There are many possibilities that Paulo leaves Juventus. He needs a change. I can’t say that right now [if he will go abroad or stay in Italy]. Before he was at ease in Italy, now he is no longer. Let’s say that Paulo is no longer at ease and happy, as many other Juventus players are no longer well. He is not the only one who will leave”, Dybala’s brother, Gustavo Dybala, told reporters.
Considering there are no “known” suitors on Dybala’s race, Manchester United might very well take a step forward in this situation. Plus, there’s a chance they can land him without spending a lot of cash. Juventus want to sign Alexis Sanchez, and Manchester United want to offload the Chilean. A swap between both players could become a realistic possibility.
Should his drop in from be a concern?
Dybala only registered five goals and six assists in 28 Serie A appearances this term, while adding five more strikes in nine Champions League outings. His European production was very good, but his league output was a considerable decrease – especially if we considering he netted 22 goals with five assists in 33 Serie A matches in 2017/18. So which Dybala would Manchester United be getting if they sign him?
Most likely than not, United would get a player closer to the 2017/18 version. Dybala struggled as a second fiddle playing behind Cristiano Ronaldo, but that wouldn’t be the case in Juventus. Plus, he could very well occupy his preferred deep-striker role behind a more established n°9 that could very well be Romelu Lukaku or Marcus Rashford. The fit is clearly there.
It remains to be seen whether United will complete a move for him, and if Juventus are inclined to sign him in the first place. But the chance is there, and United should take it if it becomes a reality.