Manchester United must seize the chance to sign Paulo Dybala this summer

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According to Italian publication Tuttosport, Juventus forward Paulo Dybala would not turn down the opportunity to join Manchester United if he were to leave Turin this summer.

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The Argentina international endured a rather frustrating campaign in Italy last season, playing second fiddle to the arrival of former Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Now, the report claims that Dybala is deemed to be surplus to requirements at Juventus and is now seriously considering whether to leave the Serie A champions this summer.

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It adds that the Argentine would not reject a move to either United or French giants PSG.

Escaping Ronaldo’s shadows

Prior to Ronaldo’s arrival last summer, Dybala was regarded as the top dog at Juventus. The 25-year-old, valued at £76.5m by Transfermarkt, was both a goalscorer and creator, and was made to be the heart of the Italian side’s attack under Massimiliano Allegri.

However, as Allegri quite understandably opted to go with Ronaldo as his star man, Dybala’s influence waned dramatically, and in the 42 appearances he made last season, he registered just 10 goals and five assists; a far cry from the 26 strikes and seven lay-offs he had the previous campaign.

At Manchester United, Dybala could seamlessly fit into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as the number ten in a 4-2-3-1 formation. The Argentine would bring some much-needed goals and creativity from behind the striker and ease the burden on the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard to score for the side.

Indeed, Dybala’s profile would also feel like the club had made a ‘blockbuster’ signing and that feel-good factor could propel them back to where they belong. Escaping Ronaldo’s shadows at Juventus to potentially create a new legacy at one of the Portuguese ace’s former clubs would feel like the start of a fresh beginning for Dybala.

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