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Manchester United make contact with Paulo Dybala

Manchester United have reportedly made contact with Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, who is set to leave the Serie A club as a free agent this summer.

What’s the story?

That’s according to ESPN journalist James Olley, who claimed that United – along with Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle – have “made contact” with the Argentine’s representatives.

The 28-year-old has been at Juventus since joining from fellow Italian club Palermo in 2015 but is expected to be seeking a new challenge this summer.

United supporters will be buzzing

The red half of Manchester already know that Ajax boss Erik ten Hag will be taking over as United manager in the summer, with the English juggernaut in need of a serious rebuild.

This season has been a major disappointment for the Red Devils, who currently sit sixth in the Premier League table but could plausibly go into next season without European football.

With numerous players set to depart upon the expiry of their contracts, a major overhaul of the squad will be required if Ten Hag is to have any luck making his first season in the Old Trafford dugout a success.

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The likes of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani and Nemanja Matic are all expected to depart Manchester as free agents this summer, whilst further outgoings are also likely. Therefore, bringing a player of Dybala’s stature to Old Trafford would certainly be a wise move.

Playing as a second striker for the majority of matches, the Argentine has scored 14 goals and registered six assists in 34 appearances across all competitions for Juventus this season. To put that tally into perspective, United’s next-highest scorer after Cristiano Ronaldo, who has netted 23 goals, is Bruno Fernandes with nine.

Moreover, the 28-year-old’s total goal contributions for the Turin club is impressive, with 114 goals and 48 assists in 288 matches, averaging one goal contribution for every 1.8 appearances.

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Dybala’s availability on a free transfer will almost certainly be a factor in the Red Devils’ interest too, even though it is expected that Ten Hag will have a transfer kitty of around £200m at his disposal over the upcoming summer transfer window.

There is no doubt that the Argentina forward would add serious quality to United’s squad, and signing him would certainly have Red Devils supporters buzzing ahead of a massive transfer window for the club.

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