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Manchester United preparing £155 million bid for world-class forward

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Manchester United picked up three more points on Saturday afternoon as they try to mount a serious challenge for the 2017-18 Premier League title.

Romelu Lukaku scored the only goal as the Red Devils won 1-0 at Southampton in what was undoubtedly their toughest test of the season so far.

United looked good in the first-half, however they failed to score that all-important second goal and withstood lots of pressure in the second period, with Jose Mourinho forced to bring on defenders Daley Blind and Chris Smalling to see out the result.

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After disappointing years under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, the Man Utd squad now looks like a "Mourinho team", especially with the acquisitions of Nemanja Matic and Lukaku.

The Old Trafford club broke the then world-record for a transfer in 2016 when they brought back Paul Pogba for £89.3 million, and they want to raid Juventus for top-class talent yet again.

Man United preparing gigantic bid for Juve superstar

According to The Mirror, Man United want to make another big-money swoop for a Juve superstar in the near future - and this time it's their most prized possession Paulo Dybala.

The report claims that United are preparing a massive £155 million bid for the Argentine, who can play both as a number nine or as a playmaker in the number ten role.

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In an injury-hit 2016-17 campaign, the skilful forward still managed to score 19 goals for the Italian champions, but he's started this season in incredible form.

The 23-year-old has already scored 12 times in just eight matches for Juventus, including two in Saturday's 4-0 win over neighbours Torino.

Will he actually join Man Utd?

Juve have revealed that Dybala doesn't have a release clause in his current contract, so they are resigned to the fact that the forward's future is in his own hands.

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United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has made it clear to Dybala's management team that, should he decide to leave Turin, Mourinho wants him at the Theatre of Dreams.

The £155 million price tag would eclipse the fee paid by United to Juventus for Pogba last summer, however there is a big potential problem which goes by the name of Barcelona.

Woodward has a good relationship with Juve CEO Giuseppe Marotta, but not only are Barca expected to bid for Dybala next summer, the Spanish giants are the player's number one preferred destination too.

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Both Man United and Barcelona have stepped up their interest in the Argentina international after Marotta recently admitted that they would be powerless from stopping their star from moving on.

Even in the current market, £155 million remains a huge amount of money, but judging by what Pogba has said about his ex-teammate, he could be worth every penny.

"I call Dybala 'Square R2'," United's central midfielder has been quoted as saying. "That's the combination you press on PlayStation to do a turn and shot.

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"He always scores like that. Has he surprised me? No, because I always said he was a phenomenon. To do what he has done, playing for Juve, is something phenomenal."

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