Manchester United-linked Paulo Dybala is priceless, insists Juventus CEO Marotta

by Harry Robinson

Manchester United-linked Paulo Dybala is ‘priceless’, according to Juventus Chief Executive Giuseppe Marotta.

Dybala has started the season in remarkable fashion with 10 goals in seven Serie A appearances so far.

The Argentine forward has been linked on a number of occasions to Man United, as well as to Europe’s other top clubs.

Now in excellent form in Turin as the main man in Juventus’ side, Dybala has no desire to leave and the club have no desire to sell him to United, according to Marotta.

“The lad is priceless, because we are not a selling club,” Marotta said.

“I always repeat that a player has his future in his hands and Paulo just said he wants to tie himself to our club for life.

“Translated, that means we will make another big financial sacrifice to keep him. We will soon lock him down to a new contract – it’s what he asked us for.”

Juventus aren’t a selling club, but were powerless when Paul Pogba sought a return to Manchester United in 2016.

The Reds had to pay a then-world-record fee of £89million for Pogba, but the transfer that had seemed impossible was done.

Dybala could be the same, because every footballer has a price, as demonstrated by Neymar’s shock move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer for an eye-watering £200m+.

Whether United need to pay such a figure for Dybala given Jose Mourinho’s recent signings is another question.

Romelu Lukaku joined for an initial £75million this summer and has scored 11 goals in his first 10 appearances in a United shirt, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as his understudies. The young pairing are often playing out wide but are natural strikers.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still to return from injury and behind the striker, where Dybala could also play, United have Henrikh Mkhitaryan but are rarely playing with a number 10 as such, more often with either a three-man midfield or a wide player drifting inside into that number 10 role.

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