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After clinching deals for young stars Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the transfer window has seemingly ground to a halt at Old Trafford. The duo remain the club’s only new signings to date, whilst swoops for some of the club’s reported key targets are still yet to reach a desirable conclusion.
But the Red Devils have also had to contend with transfer drama surrounding some of their own key stars too. The likes of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku have been linked with moves away all summer, but it appears a move for the latter could actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
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The 25-year-old’s underwhelming performances last season were more than anything down to Massimiliano Allegri’s understandable desire to make Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus’ lead star. The Argentina international was subsequently side-lined whether from the first-team or from his more natural position, and never really looked comfortable in either situation.
Lukaku’s struggles at Old Trafford were underlined by the club’s failure to make the Champions League. The Belgian’s disappointing 15 goals in 45 games was nowhere near enough for a starting striker at United, but with the investment the club made in prising him away from Everton, there is no doubt a feeling that they still haven’t seen the best of him.
But in getting Dybala to potentially come the other way, United would have the guarantee of getting a genuinely world-class talent on their team. Simply getting a boat-load of money for Lukaku may not have resulted in a sure-fire replacement being bought, such has been their transfer misery in recent years.
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Pre-season has shown that the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial could relish playing up front on their own, and getting Dybala to provide the ammunition from a number ten role seems like a tantalising prospect. In simultaneously getting rid of an under-performing star, and replacing him with one with a proven record at the highest level, United could very well have made the best of a bad situation.