Manchester United have had £70 million bid rejected by Juventus for Paulo Dybala, which would have seen Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction according to reports.
According the the Sun, the Italian champions are NOT interested in including Mkhitaryan in any deal for the 24-year-old Argentine, but would be willing to do a deal for Dybala for around £86m, the same amount as the buyout clause of fellow Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann.
It has been claimed in Spain that while United boss Jose Mourinho is interested in signing Griezmann, he does not feel the club should pay his buyout clause, with the money being better spent elsewhere, and it seems as though that player could be Paulo Dybala, who is two years younger than the Frenchman.
Despite starting the season on fire, scoring 10 goals in the opening six games, Dybala has seemingly lost a bit of confidence, and has been dropped for Juve’s last two games, including the top of the table clash against Inter Milan. There are even claims that he has fallen out with Juve coach Massimiliano Alegri.
The player himself has openly spoken about leaving Juventus in the future, as well as his strong personal friendship with Manchester United, and former Juventus midfielder, Paul Pogba. If United were to offer the extra £16m, the two friends could be reunited in Manchester.
However, this figure of £86m does seem quite a long way short of some of the other numbers that have done the rounds in recent weeks, with some suggesting Juventus will only consider offers well in excess of £100m, with some claiming they would want around £130m.
As for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, he has been left out of a number of match day squads recently and has been told that he is free to leave. Borussia Dortmund have ruled themselves out of the race, while Inter Milan would only be willing to sign the Armenian on an initial loan deal.