Manchester United linked with Serie A superstar: Why Ole should proceed with caution

Manchester United could make a move for Juventus’ Paulo Dybala who has seen his game time cut down and playing position changed at the Allianz Stadium.

According to a report from Manchester Evening News, Dybala’s agent, who is also his brother, has signalled the Argentine’s possible exit from Turin this summer amid Manchester United links. Dybala’s on-field chemistry with Cristiano Ronaldo has triggered the situation but off the field, there is nothing to worry about according to Gustavo Dybala, Paulo Dybala’s brother.

The Juventus forward had 40 appearances this season scoring 10 goals across all competitions which is a massive decline from his 26 goals in the 17/18 campaign. Dybala started a game on 30 occasions this season and was left on the bench far too many times mostly to accommodate Old Lady’s £100m signing (C. Ronaldo).

Paulo Dybala to Old Trafford: Another Shirt-Seller move by United?

The Argentine is a versatile forward with loads of talent and is someone who can make the difference on his day. Dybala, who mainly features in a secondary striker’s role, can play on either wing, in attacking midfield or even in a centre-forward role if called upon. He is someone who brings a lot of quality and versatility to a team but is he what United need right now?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be making a conscious effort to avoid splashing money just on marquee signings and instead concentrate on developing a core of young players who can serve the club for a long time. Dybala, however, is fairly young but won’t come cheap.

The question still stands- is he worth splashing the money on given the Red Devils’ current situation? Dybala is right on the shelf when we talk about world-class talents but his calibre like many who have joined United in the past can turn to waste pretty quickly.

The 25-year-old has been in and out of the Turin side and has been inconsistent, not just this season but throughout his career. A signing who can wreak havoc on the opposition on his day but wouldn’t deliver throughout the season is not the kind of player United need to go after, especially in the upcoming transfer window.

Dybala might end up as another shirt-seller signing, exactly the notion United are trying to dispel. The Argentine’s capability to take responsibility and lead the team in times of trouble hasn’t been on show yet and United currently have similar talented players in abundance but need someone who can seize a game by the scruff of the neck and rally his teammates in times of need.

If the manager and the officials at United are serious about rebuilding the club, this is not the kind of signing they would want to make right at the beginning of the process.

Stats Courtesy: Transfermarkt, Whoscored     

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