Dybala’s United move edges closer

Manchester United have re­portedly told Juventus star Paulo Dybala they are happy to meet his salary demands and are ready to make him one of the Premier League’s highest earners, report agencies. The Argentine has been offered to United as part of a swap deal for Romelu Lukaku, though he is believed to be keen to remain in Turin and made it clear it would take a huge offer to sway him. 

Dybala was given an extended break after the Copa America and touched back down in Italy on Thursday before heading off to speak to new manager Maurizio Sarri for the first time. There were many fans outside the J Medical facility to greet the striker. Dybala smiled but didn’t make any statements. 

The former Chelsea boss is expected to tell Dybala that he does not see him as part of his plans, and the striker’s agent, Jorge Antun, is already in London discussing a potential move to Old Trafford. 

He is asking for £10million a year after tax, which works out at £350,000-a-week, and, according to Goal.com, that is ‘no problem’ for United, who have agreed to his demands despite not playing Champions League football this season.

That would make Dybala one of United’s – and the Premier League’s – highest paid players, with even record signing Paul Pogba agreeing to a clause that reduced his salary if United failed to get into the Champions League. Dybala still feels he can fight for his place at Juve and loves playing for the club, with his preference being to remain in Turin, but such a significant hike on his current £6.5m-a-year salary could be enough to sway him to agree to 

the swap. 

Juventus have had no such troubles getting Lukaku to agree to the trade, with the Belgian quickly agreeing a deal similar to what Dybala is currently on. Rather than being a straight swap – with player trades notoriously difficult to do – the two transfers are likely to be treated independently, with Everton set to receive a percentage of the deal that takes Lukaku to Turin.