Manchester United supporters were expecting a busy January transfer window but have to wait until the summer for new additions.
With the rumor of Donny van de Beek’s departure and overreliance on Bruno Fernandes, the team could use some additional creative support.
This will be an issue in the summer transfer window because Paul Pogba is also expected to leave at the end of the season, leaving United light on their creative options.
At the same time, United will fall short in their attacking line. Edinson Cavani is expected to leave at the end of the season, and Anthony Martial’s long-term future at Old Trafford looks uncertain.
However, with the uncertainty surrounding the managerial position, it was always a long shot that United would strengthen in the winter transfer window. The fans see it as a pressing issue, but it doesn’t make sense to sign a player when potentially a new manager arrives at the end of the season from a business standpoint.
Mauricio Pochettino, who feels like a clear favourite, is still linked to the fixed position.
Pochettino has been on United’s wish list since 2018 when he was in charge of Tottenham Hotspur, but a run of 14 wins from 19 games for then-caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer secured him the job on a 3-year deal.
Pochetttino is currently unhappy with PSG, and if United call, he is expected to listen to the offer.
Were he to come, he would be tasked with finding a creative striker for the club, but United may have already helped him in his search for his perfect signing.
Paulo Dybala came close to joining United in 2019 when they were looking for a creative new striker.
It was reported that Dybala wanted to leave Juventus and that Pochettino would also be interested in his services when he was at Spurs.
It was widely rumored that Pochettino admired Dybala and saw him as the perfect signing to fix his creative problems. United needed someone to offer an attacking threat because a profile was lacking at the time.
However, Dybala decided to stay at Juventus, and the breakdown in talks meant that United ended their search for the Argentine. The issue involved high demand for agent fees and image rights issues.
Fast forward the situation to today, and Dybala is not happy. His current contract expires on June 30 and an agreement was reached to pay wages of £8.3m per season, but Juventus abruptly postponed the renegotiation until after the January transfer window.
The striker made it clear that he is not happy with the decision, as he feels there is no trust in him, and the club are preparing to retract the agreed salary, offering a much lower figure.
It means there is a genuine chance Dybala will leave at the end of the season, and if Pochettino does join United it feels like a match made in heaven.
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Two Argentinians gracing Old Trafford: what more could fans want? Everyone knows that Pochettino likes Dybala, and when his team Tottenham faced Juventus in the Champions League in 2018, he was full of admiration for him;
He said, according to the Daily Mail: “I think Dybala will recover and I hope he does, because I think it’s always good to play against the best in the world.
“I put Dybala in that category because he is a special talent and to see him on the pitch is wonderful, even if it can cause some problems for your team.”
Given that he could be available for free, United should do everything they can to convince him to join, especially if they have Pochettino at the forefront of their thoughts.
With Cavani looking increasingly likely to leave the club, Dybala would be a different but effective attacking option than the Uruguayan. He would be a signing that symbolizes a new era at Old Trafford.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.