Man Utd transfer news: Dybala, Alexis, Mata, De Gea, Rabiot, James, Pepe, Koulibaly

Could Alexis Sanchez head to Italian champions Juventus as part of a deal to bring Paulo Dybala to Old Trafford?

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala plays international football for Argentina
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala plays international football for Argentina
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Dybala in and Alexis out?

Manchester United may have found a solution to their Alexis Sanchez problem.

The Manchester Evening News cites Italian paper Corriere di Torino in explaining that Old Trafford chiefs are “considering an offer which would let Alexis Sanchez move to Juventus in return for Paulo Dybala”.

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Argentine frontman Dybala has been linked to United in the past and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has apparently identified the 25-year-old as a good fit for the club.

To pull off the deal United “hope they can use Sanchez as leverage for a move”, and Juventus are said to look favourably on the exchange.

Bitter taste

Midfielder Juan Mata has been left feeling “very bitter” at the way the season at Old Trafford has unfolded, reports the Daily Express.

The 31-year-old Spaniard is expected to leave United this summer after the club decided against offering him a new deal. Mata sent a message to the fans apologising for the way things have worked out in what the Express interprets as a valedictory act.

De Gea declaration

The Express also has some news on David de Gea’s United future amid growing speculation that the out-of-form goalkeeper will be lured to Paris Saint-Germain in order to reboot his flagging career.

Despite his slump in form, however, De Gea is still valued by United boss Solskjaer, who, when asked about the Spaniard’s future replied: “David has one year left on his contract [and] of course we want to extend with him”.

Explaining that the board is in talks with De Gea’s representatives, Solskjaer continued: “Let’s hope it will get sorted. At 1 July we will know who is going to be with us and it’s going to be a very important pre-season for us.”

Rabiot on radar

Not for the first time United are being linked with Paris Saint-Germain star Adrien Rabiot with the Daily Mirror claiming that the club are considering a move for the midfielder.

Rabiot was tipped to join Barcelona but apparently that deal collapsed because of the 23-year-old’s wage demands of £175,000 a week.

Bidding war for James

Swansea City are exploiting United’s interest in Daniel James in the hope of sparking a bidding war for the Wales winger.

The 21-year-old has come to the attention of Solskjaer after his outstanding displays this season, and the Daily Mirror says that the club believe “he has the potential to become a star in the Premier League”.

But so do Everton and Newcastle and apparently Swansea intend to push up his initial asking price of £15m in the belief they can get much more for James.

Pepe price

Lille sensation Nicolas Pepe is also a United target and according to the Daily Express the Red Devils are confident of signing the forward in a £45m deal.

The 23-year-old Ivorian, who has scored 21 goals in Ligue 1 this season, is also linked with PSG, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Record bid for Napoli ace?

Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly is United’s top transfer target this summer, says the Daily Mirror, and they will break the bank to sign the defender.

The 27-year-old Senegal international is regarded as one of the best central defenders in Europe, and to sign him United will have to fork out more than the record £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk.

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