This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Manchester United need a decision from Juventus star Paulo Dybala as they look to push through a deal to swap Romelu Lukaku for the Argentine and Mario Mandzukic, per The Sunday Times.
United, per the report, have negotiated a deal that would see the Belgium international move to Serie A and the two players come the other way in part-exchange.
That would negate the need for a transfer fee, The Sunday Times claims, but Dybala has yet to make a decision over the move.
The 25-year-old, who Football FanCast understands is also wanted by Tottenham Hotspur, is said to have been encouraged by Juve to consider United’s offer, with new manager Maurizio Sarri unlikely to give him a prominent role in his forward line in 2019/20.
The Sunday Times also reports that Dybala is keen to receive a salary of £10m-per-year, or £192,307-per-week.
That is an increase on Lukaku’s wages, per Spotrac, of £180,000-per-week.
Adding Mandzukic’s wages on top means that United will be coming out of this deal with more to pay.
The Argentine has emerged as a truly excellent player in Turin and, while he endured an underwhelming season in 2018/19, his team-mate Mandzukic scored 10 goals and laid on seven assists.
The pair coming in would set United back a fair amount but they would also shift Lukaku, a player who has never truly looked comfortable at Old Trafford.
In return, they’ll be getting a striker with a more proven record than Lukaku in Mandzukic – having scored goals consistently in the Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A – and a striker with arguably a higher ceiling in Dybala, who was likened to Lionel Messi and Vincenzo Montella in his younger years.
Despite the increased wage outlay, well turn out to be a remarkable coup.