Manchester United’s transfer endeavors or at least the manner in which they are reported by top outlets certainly paint the nature of peak silly-season.
As of recent, it is the potential exits from the club that have taken center-stage as deadline day looms closer and replacements will need to be signed. Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba remain the two high-profile names that are exit bound.
While the sheer enormity of Pogba’s asking price set by United is certainly headline-worthy, the more recent twists being added to Lukaku’s saga begs a closer look.
The Daily Mail has now painted Juventus to be eager for Lukaku’s signature. This is a saga that entwines nearly three separate interests from the Red Devils.
The report states that Juventus wishes to purchase Lukaku ahead of their rivals Inter Milan. However, United wish to make Douglas Costa part of any deal for the Belgian.
The report adds that the Mancunian giants initially wished Paulo Dybala to be the name to arrive at Old Trafford and most claims had indicated that a deal was imminent.
However, it now appears that Dybala has no interest in moving to England and that has stalled United’s approach. As of such, they have called quits on the Argentine entirely and have allegedly pursued the Brazilian forward who has been on their radar in the past.
The issue here is that Costa too is quite eager on proving himself in Italy and to new boss Maurizio Sarri. His pre-season antics are an apt reflection of the same. The only way in which United could emerge with his signature is if they offer him a financially superior package at Old Trafford.
It is interesting to see how these demands have developed. When Juventus were believed to be in the market for Pogba earlier this window, United were seemingly adamant at not letting him leave for any player, including the likes of Dybala.
Does this spell the end of Inter’s interest in the Belgian?