Manchester United fans were sent into a frenzy after reports on Sunday suggested that the club could be readying a mammoth £155 million bid for Juventus star Paulo Dybala.
Dybala reportedly has no release clause in his contract, which means he would be available for a relative bargain compared to the astronomical transfer fees paid for Neymar and Kylian Mbappe this summer.
United would face competition from Barcelona for the Argentine’s signature, but manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly told chief executive to prioritise a deal for Dybala if the playmaker wants to leave Juventus.
The reports have many United fans salivating at the prospect of Juventus’ star player turning out in their colours, with some even going as far as to say they’d prefer him to Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann,
Here are some of the best responses on social media…
— Mark Donovan (@hughsie_10) September 24, 2017
— HG (@HGMUFC97) September 24, 2017
This would be the signing of the century
— Christian Raihani (@__C_R_7_) September 24, 2017
Never going to happen
— Ross (@rosssaldias97) September 24, 2017
better than griezmann
— st. jimmy ⚓️ (@afiq_armstrong) September 24, 2017
Dybala would be an insane signing, I’d take him over Griezmann to be honest #mufc
— Jordan Henshall (@JordyHensh07) September 23, 2017
Would be the perfect No. 10 🙌
— Raj Mishra (@classof95_) September 24, 2017
Just saw the Dybala rumors, I’d take him at United… not a fan of the potential fee… 155 million even now is crazy… #mufc
— 👹👹👹👹 (@GingerUnited7) September 24, 2017
The transfer window may not open again until January 1 2018 but that hasn’t put an end to plenty of speculation throughout Europe.
Here, we take a look at three big stories dominating the headlines on Sunday.
Could Ozil move to Old Trafford?
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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is set to turn down a new Arsenal contract in a bid to link-up with his former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
The much-criticised German, whose deal expires in just 10 months time at the end of this season, has made his mind up that his future lies away from the Emirates – according to The Mirror.
Ozil is ready to disregard any new Arsenal offer in the region of £250,000-a-week and instead look to join the Red Devils on a free transfer.
Mourinho signed the playmaker when he was Los Blancos boss back in the summer of 2010 and the pair enjoy a strong relationship, as the World Cup winner eluded to in his autobiography, ‘Gunning for Greatness’.
The Gunners will try and do everything in their power to tie Ozil down but the risk of him joining a Premier League rival is very high.
VERDICT: With the likes of Alexis Sanchez also available on a free transfer next year, there could be an exodus of big stars leaving the Emirates – with Ozil expected to be a man very much in demand.
Manchester United are running the rule over Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic but have been told by the Italian giants he is not for sale for anything under £75m.
The 22-year-old is widely touted as one of the rising stars of European football, with United scouts having filed detailed reports on the Serbian this season and last.
According to the Daily Express, Mourinho’s men aren’t alone in monitoring the former Genk star, with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City also being aware of his talents.
There could yet be a bidding war between the two Manchester clubs next summer given Lazio dismissed the possibility of their player leaving Serie A during the January transfer window.
VERDICT: Milinkovic-Savic fits the Premier League mold perfectly and would be a welcome addition to the hustle and bustle of English football. Expect the considerable interest to continue in his signature.
Barcelona face competition from Juventus if they are to sign rising prodigy Iker San Vicente.
The 16-year-old defender, who progressed through the Osasuna youth team system, turned down professional terms with the Pamplona side and is therefore on the lookout for a new club.
It is reported by Sport that Osasuna were keen to include a release clause in the teen’s contract given his rising potential.
Having scouted San Vicente on a number of occasions, Barca thought they were the frontrunners in the chase to sign the prospect, however the Old Lady and Atletico Madrid are also interested.
VERDICT: Iker San Vicente is clearly one of the hottest talents in Spanish football and Barcelona want to move quickly to ensure he becomes their player.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes there will be a radical overhaul of the transfer market within the next year following the stratospheric spending of the close-season trading period.
Paris Saint-Germain smashed the world transfer record to sign Neymar from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($266 million), while Premier League clubs spent £1.4 billion ($1.9 billion, 1.6 billion euros).
German chancellor Angela Merkel urged the sport’s authorities to curb spiralling fees earlier this month and Wenger said the intervention of such a figure proved it was time for change.
“Something will happen. It is for the first time that, politically, the German prime minister came out,” he said in comments published by British newspapers on Saturday.
“I think politically something will happen in the next 12 months to regulate and limit the transfer amount.
“You have to go one of two ways – regulate it properly or leave it completely open. But you cannot be in between.
“That is where we are at the moment. That is only to the advantage of some clubs who can deal with rules in a legal way.
“The regulation has to be stricter and clearer or open it completely: you can do what you want, provided you can guarantee you have the money to pay.
“At the moment, we are a bit in between and that does not work.”
Wenger believes the high fees will increase the likelihood of players running down their contracts and then leaving clubs on free transfers.
Both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are in the final years of their Arsenal contracts.
“With the amount of transfer levels and the expected amount of contracts the players want, you will have more and more players going into the final year of their contract,” Wenger said.
“You will be in a position where you either extend for money you cannot afford or you go into the final year of their contract.
“This season there were 107 players in the Premier League who got into the final year of their contract for the first time and you will see that more. The clubs want too much for normal players.
“So what happens? The club cannot sell and doesn’t extend the contract, so more and more players are going into the final year.”