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Bad news, Manchester United: Real Madrid step up efforts to sign £155million star

  • Manchester United have previously been linked with one of Real Madrid’s top transfer targets
  • Reports in Spain claim Real are set to launch a swap deal bid to sign Juventus forward Paulo Dybala
  • The Spanish giants could offer Toni Kroos to Juventus to help push the deal through
  • READ MORE: (Watch) Barcelona star Busquets gets humiliated by Dybala with nutmeg

Manchester United may have been dealt a blow to their transfer plans with reports in Spain claiming Real Madrid are set to offer Toni Kroos to Juventus in a bid to sign Paulo Dybala.

The Argentina international has impressed hugely in Serie A in recent times, with the Daily Mirror claiming earlier this season that United were big admirers of the £155million-rated attacker.

Still, it looks like Real are stepping up their own efforts to win the race for Dybala’s signature, and are prepared to let influential midfielder Kroos move to Juve in a swap deal, according to Don Balon.

Paulo Dybala

Paulo Dybala has been linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid

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United could do with a little more spark in attack next season if they are to close the gap on Manchester City, who look like running away with the Premier League title this year.

Other reports from Don Balon suggest United may be close to signing an alternative anyway, as it emerged yesterday that Antoine Griezmann has already chosen his squad number at Old Trafford after fresh talks with Jose Mourinho.

While Dybala is a fine player, United would be happy to end up with Griezmann instead, with more recent speculation suggesting they’re prioritising the Frenchman anyway.

It will mean, however, that Paul Pogba, or ‘Agent P’, couldn’t get the job done in his recent Facetime chat with Dybala, as he posted on his Instagram page to the excitement of United supporters.

Feliz comple a mi hermano (El Crak)!! @paulodybala #AgentP

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Pogba knows Dybala well from his time at Juventus, but it seems they’re not set to be reunited in Manchester any time soon if Don Balon’s claimed swap deal ends up going through.

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