Manchester United and Juventus have reportedly agreed a deal to swap Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala, according to Sky Sports. Both clubs appear to be interested in offloading these offensive players for different reasons. Despite bringing Lukaku from Everton for £75 million only in 2017, there is growing desperation within United to offload the striker who has shown little interest in staying at the club. Meanwhile, Dybala does not appear to fit in the plans of new manager Maurizio Sarri.
Inter Milan were leading the race to sign Lukaku a few weeks ago, but the inability to meet United’s asking price has been frustrating for the Italian club considering that the player openly admitted that he would like to play for Antonio Conte. However, the club’s offer of £54 million fell way short of the demands placed by United.
Juventus have been spending big in the summer in order to back new manager Sarri. The club has predominantly brought in defensive players and the departure of Dybala would be the significant move from Sarri in the offensive areas. Even though Juventus have so far been silent on the future of Dybala, the recent interest from Spurs has finally confirmed the Italian outfit would be ready to listen to offers
Dybala is valued at around £90 million by the Italian club. Incidentally, United also place the same valuation on Lukaku. Hence, the likelihood of a swap deal has come about. The swap deal would work extremely well for both clubs for different reasons.
The constant rumours and speculation surrounding Paul Pogba leaves United with the risk of a poor creativity in the middle of the park for the 2019-20 campaign. The club may have scored a bucket load of goals in the first few weeks of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s regime, but United have largely struggled for creativity in recent seasons. Dybala is a player who can transform United going forward. Dubbed as the ‘next Messi,’ there is enough creative potential within the Argentine to be a major influence on United.
Juventus are expected to rely heavily on Cristiano Ronaldo just like last season, but Sarri seems to recognise the need for a physical centre forward should the Portuguese be unavailable. Aaron Ramsey is the most offensive player signed by Juventus in the summer transfer window. Mario Mandzukic is one of the few players in the Juventus squad to be able to lead the line on his own.
Even though the two clubs have been able to agree upon a deal, the answer will be complete only if both players agree to the move. If Dybala is not keen on a move to Old Trafford, the only way for Juventus to complete the deal would be to sell the Argentine and pay Lukaku’s transfer fees in cash. This should not be a problem considering the popularity enjoyed by Dybala.
The Argentine has been subjected to interest from Spurs, who are ready to pay around £80 million for his signature. If Dybala comes into the open market, more interest will follow suit with PSG and Barcelona capable of entering the race.