The agent of Juventus star Paulo Dybala has today assured that his client’s demands were not behind the collapse of his potential transfer to Manchester United.
Dybala – Lukaku swap falls through
One of the biggest talking points across the European media in the buildup to the English transfer deadline surrounded a potential blockbuster swap deal between Juventus and Manchester United.
The transfer in question would have seen Romelu Lukaku make the move to Turin, in exchange for Paulo Dybala.
Claims even mounted that an agreement between the two clubs was essentially in place.
The one major sticking point throughout negotiations, however, was Dybala.
Argentine attacker Dybala was rumoured to have had serious reservations over the possibility of joining United, with Miguel Delaney of the Independent having suggested that the 25-year-old doubted the Red Devils’ ability to return to the very top of European football.
As such, the board at Old Trafford, in the end, came to the decision to pull the plug on the deal.
A report from the reliable James Ducker of the Telegraph added that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer only wanted to reinforce his squad with players who would be fully committed to the United cause.
In addition, Dybala’s ‘huge wage demands, exorbitant agents’ fees and image rights’ were also cited as having played a key role in the Manchester giants’ decision to drop their interest.
Such claims, however, have today been rejected by the Juventus star’s agent.
Speaking in an interview with Tuttosport, Jorge Antun assured that rumours surrounding the exorbitant demands of his client were unfounded:
‘I did speak to the English club, but the stories about the commission were not true. There were simply issues between the two clubs.’
On links to French champions PSG, meanwhile, Antun added:
‘There are no imminent trips to Paris planned.’
‘He needs to just enjoy the moment, as we don’t know what could happen in the future.’
Quotes via Football-Italia