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In news that has surfaced recently and has the potential to be the biggest saga of the summer, Manchester United and Juventus have found themselves in discussions over a swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala.
At first glance, the move seems like it would suit all parties.
United get rid of an out-of-sorts forward who appears to have lost a section of the fanbase’s support, and get a world-class talent with 78 goals in 182 games for the Italian giants in return, whilst Juventus get rid of a player who is no longer wanted and also obtain a target of theirs.
However, it wouldn’t be all that good for United if Dybala signed and all of their good work this summer would be undone if he did end up at Old Trafford.
It has been said that the Argentina international is happy to stay with the Serie A champions and only a huge pay-rise would persuade him to leave, amid reports that the 25-year-old wants £350k-a-week to sign as well as exclusion from the 25% pay-cut imposed on all players if United fail to qualify for the Champions League.
It is these types of characters who have caused issues in the dressing room already over finances, with Alexis Sanchez’s huge pay packet causing problems with David De Gea’s contract renewal.
United have done well this summer in signing young, hungry talent such as Dan James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who will surely be keen to impress having made the step up from Swansea and Crystal Palace respectively.
Additionally, Harry Maguire looks set to be the next man to arrive, and in doing so make a step up himself having come from Leicester.
United need players willing to put their body on the line for the shirt and ones who are motivated primarily for footballing reasons.
What they don’t need more of are mercenary-type footballers who live for the salary and are only at the club because of the wages being paid to them.
Ed Woodward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have done some good business this summer in terms of the characters they are recruiting, but the Juventus man – who is seemingly only ready to be convinced to join with cash – would be a backwards step and would also undo all of the club’s good work.