Paulo Dybala’s move to Manchester United would be one ‘marriage of convenience’ rather than a show of intent according to football consultant Ian McGarry.
Manchester United are looking forward to a major revamp in the summer after failing to win any silverware for the second year in a row and missing out on next season’s Champions League on the penultimate day of the league season.
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Many in United’s hierarchy believe that Dybala could be the man to reinvigorate the spirits around Old Trafford and the Argentine has agreed to an £86m deal in principle with the Red Devils according to McGarry.
Though it may seem like a perfect match, McGarry had other ideas,
“The player absolutely would prefer a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid, but all the talks that have taken place between his representatives and the two Spanish clubs have been negative,” he told The Transfer Window podcast.
“If you look in the Premier League, which is realistically outside of Paris St-Germain the only other league that would pay the €100m release clause plus wages in excess of €250,000 to €300,000 a week, therefore you look at the clubs in England who could afford him.
“Tottenham Hotspur don’t spend that sort of money, so that’s them ruled out. Manchester City don’t need a player of that type, despite the fact that he was described as the new Sergio Aguero early on in his career when he broke into the Argentina national team.
“Liverpool possibly, although do you break up that trident of attackers they currently have to force Dybala into the team?”
He further went to add :
“Chelsea, again, we don’t think they’re gonna be investing at this level. Also they’ve already acquired Christian Pulisic for a similar position there as well.
“Really, Manchester United are not probably the only club in England to be interested in Dybala.
“It might be, for United, that they have been forced to try and take a second-tier player, someone that’s not really wanted by other elite clubs, which of course as most ex-Manchester United players that we hear commentating in the media are bemoaning the fact that United are no longer that attractive powerhouse where players want to come and play their football at Old Trafford.
“Now, if you end up with a player like Dybala, whose entire style of both his personality and his play is about explosive pace, great technique, quite a feisty guy as well, he’s five foot 10 but he walks taller than that if you know what I mean, you’re almost demotivating him right from the start.
“First of all, he wanted to leave Juventus originally because he wanted to win the Champions League and has consistently failed to do so with the Italian champions.
“He’s not even gonna have Champions League football most likely with Manchester United.
“So you have to say this would be another marriage of convenience for Manchester United, in terms of whether that’s a player or a coach.”