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Collapse of Man Utd’s Dybala deal cost Lukaku Juventus move, says agent

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 16:11, 24 March 2020

The representative of Romelu Lukaku says he would now be playing for Juventus if Manchester United had signed Paulo Dybala last summer.

Lukaku, 26, was heavily linked with a move to Italy’s most successful club but ultimately joined rivals Inter Milan from United and the Belgian marksman has not looked back since.

Lukaku’s impressive first Serie A season: Five key things to know…

  • Romelu Lukaku joined Inter Milan from Man Utd for a reported £74m last summer.
  • He equaled Ronaldo’s scoring record when he bagged a ninth goal across his opening 11 league games for Inter.
  • Lukaku to date has registered 23 goals across 35 matches in all competitions.
  • Only Ciro Immobile (27) and Cristiano Ronaldo (21) have scored more Serie A goals than him (17) this season.
  • However, according to his agent, he could have been playing for rivals Juventus if Paulo Dybala joined Man Utd.

A prospective move could have seen Dybala going the other way to Old Trafford with reports suggesting incoming Juve boss Maurizio Sarri wasn’t keen on the Argentine forward.

Spurs were another Premier League outfit being associated with Dybala, but a move away from Turin never materialised. Since then, the 26-year-old has instead transformed into one of the club’s most impressive performers this season.

Dybala, wearing the number 10 jersey which Alessandro Del Piero and Michel Platini previously immortalised, has to date registered 13 goals across 34 matches in all competitions.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though, could have been enjoying him and if that was the case then according to Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello his client would be wearing black-and-white instead of black-and-blue.

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“Lukaku is wearing the Inter Milan shirt and not the Juventus one because Juventus didn’t end up finding an agreement between Dybala and Manchester United,” he told Sky Sport.

“Juventus had done an incredible job in trying to get him. They have been the best club for its organisation, but also trophies won. Every season it wins something. Lukaku at Juventus would have made many people happy.”