Manchester United have been dealt a massive blow in their pursuit of Palermo superstar Paulo Dybala with the Serie A side more inclined to sell him to Juventus.
The striker has been one of the stars of the season, having clocked up 11 goals and six assists in 21 league appearances.
Such fine form has alerted some of the world’s biggest clubs, but despite Louis Van Gaal keen to bring him to the Premier League the Palermo chairman Maurizio Zamparini has instead stressed he would rather sell him to the current champions of Italian football rather than to the English titans.
With United yet to peak under Van Gaal’s tutelage, the Dutchman is reportedly eying another summer of change at Old Trafford after spending lavishly last summer to bring Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw and Daley Blind to the club.
And the form of Falcao, who has still yet to show his worth after his move from Monaco, and the waning of Robin Van Persie is an area many are eying as a cause for concern.
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United have been linked with a host of big name stars but with a price tag of £30million Dybala would be considerably cheaper than Edinson Cavani and Karim Benzema if he were to move.
James Wilson is coming through the ranks but, despite recent goals against Queens Park Rangers and Cambridge United has spent the majority of the season languishing on the substitutes bench and amongst the reserves.
Juventus attacking arsenal
If Massimiliano Allegri does manage to bring the hotshot to Turin, he would be forming another part of already formidable attacking arsenal.
Despite talk of a return to his homeland of Argentina with first flame Boca Juniors, Carlos Tevez remains the undisputed talisman having found the net 14 times in 21 league appearances to date.
He also scored 20 goals for the Old Lady last term following his summer move from Manchester City, and was unlucky to lose out to Torino’s Ciro Immobile in the race for the golden boot.
Alvaro Morata signed on from Real Madrid in the summer after failing to make his mark at the Spanish giants, whilst Fernando Llorente remains central to their plans despite often dividing fans and pundits during his time in Serie A.
Juventus have a history of producing and moulding great strikers, and with Dybala just 21 would have years to shape him into one of the best strikers in the globe.
Alessandro Del Piero became a legend during his long stint at the club, with Filippo Inzaghi another who etched his name into club folklore.