Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho sees Juventus forward Paulo Dybala as Wayne Rooney’s natural successor at Old Trafford and wants to sign him this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The Spanish newspaper has highlighted that a host of top European clubs are chasing the Argentina international this summer, with Real Madrid and Chelsea also in the running for the former Palermo star.
United are expected to be busy in coming months, with Champions League football secured and an expansive recruitment drive in place to get the club back in contention for major silverware.
A new attacker is said to be on Mourinho’s wishlist, however potential new recruits are either in-demand or set to turn down a switch to the Premier League.
Sky Sports have stated today that Madrid have rejected an offer from United for Alvaro Morata, while Kylian Mbappe is being touted to stay at Monaco.
With Antoine Griezmann also reportedly ready to commit to Atletico Madrid following their transfer ban, the attention could well turn to Dybala.
The South American attacker is still only 23 and looks to have the footballing world at his feet.
Since moving to Juventus, Dybala has starred as the Bianconeri dominate Italian football and has replaced compatriot Carlos Tevez with aplomb in Turin.
The gifted attacker can score and create goals, netting 30 Serie A strikes over the last two seasons, with his ability on the ball notable in the Champions League final recently.
Juventus seemingly face a battle to hold onto their prize asset, who is under contract in Italy until 2022.
United signed Paul Pogba from the historic Serie A club last summer and if the Spanish press are to be believed, could move for the French midfielder’s former team-mate in another big-money deal before next season.