Paulo Dybala Reportedly Seen as Wayne Rooney's Successor by Jose Mourinho

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2017

Juventus' Argentinian striker Paulo Dybala reacts after losing the UEFA Champions League final football match between Juventus and Real Madrid at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on June 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly eyeing a move for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala as an alternative signing to Antoine Griezmann or Alexandre Lacazette and the perfect successor for Wayne Rooney

According to Mundo Deportivo (via Metro), Mourinho is eager to target the 23-year-old Dybala over Real Madrid's Gareth Bale—the preference of United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward—but the Red Devils could face competition from Chelsea.

The report added Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been linked with the Argentinian star, while Dybala himself is "having doubts about his future with Juventus," with concerns including the Old Lady's ageing squad and doubts over manager Massimiliano Allegri's long-term future.

Dybala endured a tough end to the 2016-17 season, as Real Madrid thrashed his side 4-1 in the UEFA Champions League final.

However, in the main, the former Palermo man enjoyed a fine campaign, winning a Serie A-Coppa Italia double while further establishing himself as one of the best young forwards in Europe.

In the league, Dybala netted 11 goals and provided seven assists. He returned a further eight goals combined in Juve's cup and Champions League campaigns, per WhoScored.com.

The Argentina international would be a brilliant addition to United's ranks, as Mourinho's team sorely lacked in goals and creativity last term—ninth-placed Bournemouth scored more—and needs further firepower, per ESPN's Alex Shaw:

Dybala can play either as a striker or a No. 10, so he could work in a number of combinations with United's personnel.

The Manchester outfit will face difficulties in snapping up Dybala, though, as not only are a number of other clubs interested in him, but his Juventus contract runs until 2022, and the Old Lady will be loath to let him go.