Manchester City Rejected Paulo Dybala For Wilfried Bony

Juventus' Paulo Dybala celebrates after scoring first goal.

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Manchester City were almost on the verge of signing Paulo Dybala over Wilfried Bony a couple of years ago, according to latest reports.

Paulo Dybala, the 23-year old Juventus and Argentine striker, is currently right up there with the best in the business, and his recent demolition of Barcelona in Turin will not be forgotten anytime soon.

But according to reports, Dybala could have been playing in a completely different country, had things gone a bit differently back in 2015.

Playing for Palermo, Dybala broke onto the scene with an exciting 2014-15 campaign, and was wanted by a host of clubs before he moved on to Juventus. And with Dybala being touted as the new Sergio Aguero, Premier League giants Manchester City were one of the clubs constantly scouting him before the summer of 2015.

In fact, City sporting director Txiki Begiristain reportedly ordered an in-depth look at Dybala, but Manuel Pellegrini, the then City boss, decided to stick with Premier League experience, and spent £28m on Wilfried Bony to bring him to the Etihad.

Dybala then successfully completed a £30m move to Juve, but he could have just as well ended up joining Manchester City had the English side expressed concrete interest at that time.

Dybala has since turned into one of the hottest prospects in world football, and has recently signed a new bumper contract to stay at Juventus. The new five-year contract that tripled his wages to £100,000-a-week, so as to ward off interest from suitors. He could now cost nothing less than £100m, making him an impossible option for Manchester City this summer.


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