In the past few days, Paulo Dybala has been a subject of a controversial transfer deal that could involve not only Manchester United big forward, Romelu Lukaku, but Croatian striker, Mario Mandzukic as well.
Inter Milan admires Lukaku, and have been tutted to land him, but their inability to find buyers for out-of-favor Argentine, Mauro Icardi, means that they are not in a good financial position to meet United’s £75m demand.
Juventus wants to offload Icardi’s compatriot, Paulo Dybala, as well, with reports claiming that the 25-year-old is not part of the new manager, Maurizio Sarri’s plans ahead of the new season.
Hence, the Turin outfit have been trying to strike a swap deal with Manchester United that could see Lukaku move to Allianz Arena, and Mandzukic and Dybala in the opposite direction.
Romelu Lukaku has agreed a €9m-a-year deal with the Italian champions, and United have also offered Dybala a £350,000-a-week after-tax contract and the Red Devils are now waiting for the South American star to respond.
So ahead of this potential move, we have a look at Paulo Dybala’s abilities and what he adds to Ole Gunnar Solksjær’s squad.
1. Fills A Great Void
Since the summer of 2008 when Sir Alex Ferguson deployed Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the pair of the Reds’ attacking line, effectively putting an end to the star’s old stellar reign as a right-winger, United has struggled to find an expert in the position.
A number of players, including Antonio Valencia, Bebe, Luis Nani, Juan Mata, Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard have been tried by United’s four manager’s since the departure of the legendary Ferguson in 2013, and only Valencia and Nani showed glimpses of the kind of player the Old Trafford faithful want to see.
Daniel James was signed with the hope of developing into a world-class right-winger, but his show in pre-season so far has indicated that the Welsh international favors a left-wing role and playing him out of position may prove damaging to the 21-year-old promising career.
In Paulo Dybala, Man United might be getting themselves a specialist right winger that could emulate Ronaldo in being a legend at Old Trafford, putting the Reds 10-year search for an expert RW to an end.
2. Dribbling Skills
Paulo Dybala is quick and has the excellent technical ability, which when coupled with his amazing dribbling skills give him a great ability to beat the best defenders in the world. His close control in limited spaces also means he is always able to wiggle out of difficult positions.
He is also flexible and versatile. He has been deployed as the main striker, center-forward, false 9, right-winger, left-winger, second striker, attacking midfielder and even as a deep playmaking midfielder in various times of his playing career, meaning that he provides United’s manager, Ole Gunnar Solksjær a range of versatility no one in the Reds’ squad offers.
4. Counter Attack Threat
His expertise in ball positioning and his intelligent ball movement makes him a dangerous counter-attacking weapon for Manchester United, fitting in well with Ole’s style of play. By having Dybala paired upfront with Daniel James and/or Marcus Rashford, United would be a nightmare for even the most organized defense in the Premier League.
5. Creativity and Goalscoring
Dybala is also known for his great vision, enviable passing ability, and brilliant creativity. He provides an additional source of goal creation for United, lifting the burden off Frenchman, Paul Pogba, in the middle of the park. He himself can score goals, making him one of the best Advanced Forward in the world.
His lack of aerial presence does not prove to be a setback for him; his great movement and anticipation of defenders movement makes him a force to reckon with, even in the air.
6. Dangerous From Set-Pieces
The addition of Paulo Dybala to any squad means the addition of a set-piece threat. He is brilliant with free-kicks and would go ahead of the likes of Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford in the free-kick taker pecking order. He is good with penalties and corners too; the latter is likely to be a great source of goalscoring chance for United, having nearly completed the signing of Harry Maguire who is excellent with aerial duels.
7. Young and Moderately Priced
The transfers of Phil Coutinho to Barcelona a few years back for a total fee of £145m, Neymar to Paris Saint Germain for £185m, Nicolas Pepe, just recently, to Arsenal for £72m and Eden Hazard to Real Madrid for £140m, signify that merely swapping Romelu Lukaku for the hugely talented player is a bargain for Manchester United, and considering that he is 25, United would consider themselves lucky for not paying £200m for the Argentine instead.
Swapping Paulo Dybala for Romelu Lukaku should be a no brainer for Manchester United as the Argentinian is just the kind of player we need to re-build and challenge for the trophies.