Manchester United legend Patrice Evra ‘steps in’ to convince Paulo Dybala to complete move to Old Trafford in Romelu Lukaku swap – as his old team-mate mulls over £150,000-per-week deal
- Patrice Evra is doing his part to help Manchester United clinch Paulo Dybala
- The Frenchman has reportedly phoned his former team-mate to convince him
- United are in talks with Juventus about a deal for Dybala and Romelu Lukaku
Manchester United legend Patrice Evra is playing his part in helping bring Paulo Dybala to Old Trafford as it emerges the Frenchman made a call to his former team-mate about the £150,000-a-week move.
United have opened talks with Juventus for a swap deal involving the crafty Argentine and striker Romelu Lukaku.
It remains unclear if Dybala is totally sold on joining United – he would have to sacrifice Champions League football for 2019-20. But Gazzetta dello Sport report that Evra is coming to the aid of United by going on the charm offensive to convince Dybala.
Manchester United and Juventus may be swapping strikers Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku
Former United player Patrice Evra has apparently stepped in to encourage the deal to go on
The deal would see the Belgian Romelu Lukaku go to Juventus, with Dybala at Old Trafford
Juventus have jumped in after negotiations between United and Inter Milan over the Belgium striker stalled.
United remain in contact with Inter after rejecting an opening bid of £54million, but they are looking for a transfer fee closer to £80m.
While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were preparing for a pre-season friendly against Kristiansund in Oslo on Tuesday, Dybala’s agent and brother Mariano flew into London for talks with United bosses.
Manchester United have offered Dybala £150,000-a-week, similar to Romelu Lukaku’s contract, however the Argentine is thought to be asking for as much as £210,000.
Dybala’s contract will most likely fall somewhere in between those two numbers.
Patrice Evra played 379 times for Manchester United between 2006 and 2014, winning the Premier League five times, so he knows more than most what it’s like to be at Old Trafford.
The 38-year-old also won the Champions League with United, and the League Cup on four occasions.
Evra also appeared 82 times for Juventus between 2014-2017, playing for a season and a half alongside Paulo Dybala.
If he were to join United, Dybala would be joining up with another French former team-mate in Paul Pogba, although it remains to be seen how long he has left in Manchester.
When asked about a move for Dybala, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: ‘I’m not here to talk about any rumours or speculation about other team’s players. But, of course, we’re working on one or two cases.
‘There’s another 10 days before we start the league and hopefully we can announce a fresh face or two.
‘Rom got injured and it was best for him to stay home. He wouldn’t have been able to play.
‘Hopefully he might be able to train in the next couple of days, let’s see what happens. You never know what happens in football.’
More to follow.