Revealed – Why Manchester United didn’t sign Paulo Dybala

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Manchester United decided to pull the plug on a summer deal for Paulo Dybala after hearing the astronomical wage demands of the player, as per reports. 

Dybala, 25, was linked with a move to Manchester United all summer before news emerged later in the window that the club had decided against bringing him to the Old Trafford.

At that time, many believed that it was the refusal of the Argentine to go and play in the Europa League which killed the move, though latest reports claim that it was Manchester United who backtracked on the deal.

Reportedly, the Red Devils didn’t want to meet the £350,000 per week wage demands of Dybala, with executive Ed Woodward thinking that it would create another ‘Alexis Sanchez like’ situation.

Ed Woodward pulled the plug on the Dybala deal

Dybala before Argentina v Venezuela
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 28: Paulo Dybala of Argentina looks on prior to the Copa America Brazil 2019 quarterfinal match between Argentina and Venezuela at Maracana Stadium on June 28, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Wagner Meier/Getty Images)

According to The Athletic, Manchestr United executive vice-Chairman Ed Woodward pulled the plug on the Dybala deal after learning his lessons from the transfer saga that brought Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in January 2018. 

Back then United were facing competition from city rivals Manchester City who were also interested in securing the services of the Chilean. To fend off the competition, the Red Devils agreed to pay Sanchez an astronomical 500,000 a week in wages.

However, as the subsequent poor form of Sanchez made it clear to the United hierarchy, he was never the player which United needed at that time – with both his age and playing style putting him at odds with the Manchester United faithful.

Consequently, while United have now secured a loan move for Sanchez away from the club – with them still paying around £215,000 per to subsidize the deal – Ed Woodward was reluctant to make a similar mistake with Dybala.


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SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 25: Anthony Martial of Manchester United reacs during the International Champions Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at the Shanghai Hongkou Stadium on July 25, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images )

Even though Manchester United fans might understand the reasoning of the club behind their decision of not to bring Dybala to the Old Trafford, what remains inexplicable is the club’s decision not to bring in a new center-forward in the summer.

Ever since the start of summer transfer window, most people associated with the club knew that Romelu Lukaku, the only designated center forward which United had, would leave the club. Despite knowing that, the club didn’t make any move to bring in his replacement.

Consequently, when Lukaku eventually left for Inter Milan, Manchester United had two forwards in Rashford and Martial, none of whom had played in the center forward role last season, giving manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a major headache in his team selection.

To further add to the United manager’s problems, an early-season injury suffered by Martial has laid bare the lack of depth in the Manchester United striking department, with the 17-year-old Mason Greenwood the only natural replacement.

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