Football Transfer Rumors: Manchester United, Manchester City Set to Battle for $61M-Rated Juventus Striker Paulo Dybala
Latest transfer rumors are out that English Premier League clubs Manchester United and Manchester City are set to battle for the signature of Juventus striker Paulo Dybala this winter.
The Sun reported that the 23-year-old Argentina international has also reportedly attracted the interest of Spanish club Real Madrid as he is considered as one of the most talented forwards in world football at the moment, scoring four goals in nine appearances so far this season coming from a thigh injury.
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Last season, he netted 23 times in a total of 46 games in all competitions for the Old Lady as one of Juventus' top goal scorers en route to the team's fifth consecutive Serie A title.
Juve acquired Dybala from fellow Italian top flight squad Palermo in the summer of 2015 for a transfer fee of $28.5 million. In one-and-a-half seasons with the club, the Argentine has scored 27 goals in 60 appearances in all competitions.
The Italian champions have tagged Dybala, who is under contract in Turin until 2020, with a $61 million release clause and will reportedly not sell the 5-foot-10 Cordoba native for anything less than that price, according to Caught Offside. Still, the Bianconeri's senior officials were said to be confident in keeping Dybala at least until the end of the current season.
United head coach Jose Mourinho is reportedly seeking a long-term replacement for Swede striker Zlatan Ibrahimović and Dybala is one of his favorites to place in the said position. Mourinho's first choice, however, is Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann as recent reports say that the Red Devils have already begun negotiating for the French forward.
Meanwhile, City boss Pep Guardiola reportedly wants to form an all-Argentina frontline with Dybala and Sergio Agüero to continue in his quest to give the club its fifth Premier League title and his first in England.
Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta expressed his belief that Dybala will stay at their side for the foreseeable future because of his recent salary raise.
"I want to point out that we have a multi-year contract with Dybala and approached his entourage a few months ago to improve his wages, which is only fair," Marotta said. "Our rapport is good. There are no fears he could leave."