Manchester United Transfer News: Paulo Dybala Linked in Latest Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistSeptember 24, 2017

TURIN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 23: Paulo Exequiel Dybala of Juventus gestures after the Serie A match between Juventus and Torino FC on September 23, 2017 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images )
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Manchester United will reportedly target Juventus sensation Paulo Dybala next summer in a £155 million deal.

According to Steve Bates of the Sunday People (via the Sunday Mirror), Reds Devils executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has advised those close to the player that United are interested in signing him in 2018. Barcelona are also said to be long-term admirers of the Argentina international.

Bates suggested the Blaugrana would be Dybala's preferred destination if he were to move at the end of the season, though United are keen to be in the mix.

"Woodward has a solid relationship with Juve's general manager Beppe Marotta," Bates said, citing the former world-record fee United paid to bring Paul Pogba back to the club. He noted a switch for Dybala would far outstrip that £89 million outlay.

That's to be expected, as the Juventus forward is one of the most exciting players in football. As noted below, he has started the season in sensational form:

There were times last season when Dybala drifted in and out of games despite his obvious talent. But now, donning the iconic No. 10 jersey, he appears ready to play a talismanic role for the Bianconeri.

Juventus's forward from Argentina Paulo Dybala celebrates after scoring a goal during the italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Torino in Turin on September 23, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFOR
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The types of performances he's put in will have alerted clubs of the stature of United and Barcelona, though either side would have to spend enormous money to sign him. The man known as La Joya signed a new long-term contract with Juventus earlier in the year, and there is no release clause included.

Football commentator Adam Summerton believes the former Palermo striker has it in him to go to the top of the game:

He's the type of signing who would make United an even bigger force under Jose Mourinho, as the prospect of Dybala linking up with someone like Romelu Lukaku is fearsome.

However, not only would United have to convince Juve to sell their prize asset, but they would also need to persuade the Argentinian to shun the Camp Nou for a move to Old Trafford.

      

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Linked

ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 15:  Sergej MIlinkovic Savic of SS Lazio during the SS Lazio Training Session on September 15, 2017 in Arnhem, Netherlands.  (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)
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According to Neil Fissler of the Sunday Express, United are the latest team to register an interest in Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and are "favourites" to sign the midfielder.

He reported that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is an admirer of the Serb, who has been sensational for the capital club in Serie A.

"Mourinho is ready to make Milinkovic-Savic a leading target for his spending next summer and is determined to make sure Guardiola misses out," Fissler noted. "Lazio are ready to cash in and sell the highly-rated 22 year-old but they won't be letting him go on the cheap."

Fissler reported a £40 million offer from Juventus was turned down last summer and that Lazio want "almost double" that fee before selling.

As football writer David Amoyal noted, the player's agent has revealed there is serious interest in the player:

Milinkovic-Savic has grown into one of the best central midfielders in Italian football since arriving at the Stadio Olimpico in 2015. The Lazio man has so many impressive attributes to his game and is adept at winning physical and technical battles. His ability to knit play together at the hub of the team has helped his side make progress.

Mourinho tends to target midfielders with presence and purpose, as illustrated by the captures of Pogba and Nemanja Matic during his tenure. Milinkovic-Savic is a young player who ticks both of those boxes.