Juventus ‘prepared to add Mario Mandzukic’ into deal that swaps Paulo Dybala with Romelu Lukaku – in order to avoid paying cash to Man United
- Juventus could include Mario Mandzukic in a swap deal for Romelu Lukaku
- The Italian champions are reported to be willing to include two players
- United opened talks with Juventus over a swap for Paulo Dybala this week
- It is understood that the Argentine’s agent flew to England for talks on Tuesday
Paulo Dybala could find himself with a familiar face at Manchester United next season as reports in Italy suggest Juventus are prepared to include Mario Mandzukic in a swap deal for Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian striker, who appeared ready for a switch to Inter Milan, looks ready to leave United this summer and the two clubs have opened talks about a deal to get him to Turin.
Mario Mandzukic could be used with Paulo Dybala as part of the swap deal for Romelu Lukaku
Mandzukic has been a staple of Juventus’ squad since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2015 but would find himself marginalised if Lukaku arrived.
The Croatian international is set to see his minutes significantly reduced under the stewardship of Maurizio Sarri and at 33, his value is diminishing.
Gonzalo Higuain, back at the club following his disappointing loan spell at Chelsea, has been heavily used in pre-season and is expected to play a bigger role than Mandzukic at the Allianz Stadium this season.
Manchester United have held talks with the agent of Juventus striker Paulo Dybala in London
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to be drawn on talk of Dybala following a pre-season win over Kristiansund in Oslo on Tuesday.
Asked after the 1-0 win in Norway, 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.’
Romelu Lukaku is attracting interest from Serie A with Juventus reportedly keen to avoid cash