Super agent Mino Raiola has confirmed that his client Paulo Dybala will move to a club of Manchester United’s ilk in the near future.
Man United were strongly linked with the 23-year-old back when he was with Serie A side Palermo in 2015, only for the striker to opt for a club in Italy.
He was once again subject to interest from other clubs over the summer but made it clear that he intended to stay at Juventus for as long as they wanted him.
But Raiola, who has brokered deals for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku in the past, made it clear that Dybala would move to a bigger club in the future and name-checked United as a contender.
“In the end, Dybala will leave Juventus,” Raiola told Rai Sport. “And if he does he should go to a team with a project already formed where he can join. Because he is still too young to be the leader of a new project.
“I would love to see Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester, both City and United, but always in a big project.”
Dybala verges on the cusp of entering the group of established elite players – the very top bracket, you could say, comprising of the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos, Neymar and Marouane Fellaini.
But he cannot achieve this at Juventus. They are, as demonstrated both last year and in 2015, a formidable side in Europe, yet their domestic league lacks the competitiveness and clout needed to truly propel him on to the world stage.
The striker will look to use the World Cup next year as a springboard to secure a big money move – perhaps another world record – to a truly gigantic club, and Mourinho ought to use his strong relationship with Raiola to enter the driving seat over the summer.