Dybala ‘cancelled a summer move to Man Utd’ with one phone call

Paulo Dybala reportedly cancelled a summer move to Manchester United – while his agent was sat in Ed Woodward’s office.

The Juventus striker’s representative, Jorge Antun, was at United’s London office during the first week of August last year locked in negotiations with United officials when the player called and told him to pull the plug on the deal.

According to Calciomercato, an agreement was already in place between United and Juventus which involved Romelu Lukaku being sold to the Turin club in exchange for the Argentine.

But in the nick of time, Antun received a phone call from the player, who told him: ‘I don’t care about the money, I want to stay here.’

Dybala, 26, subsequently stayed at Juventus, where he eventually convinced manager Maurizio Sarri of his merits and has since scored 13 goals and contributed 12 assists in 34 matches this season.

Indeed his form has been so convincing that Juventus are now in talks with the player over a new five-year contract and a salary increase, however a dispute over image rights has stalled progress.

Belgian striker Lukaku ultimately moved to Juve’s Serie A title rivals Inter Milan in a £70million deal.

Dybala scored Juve’s second goal as they defeated Inter Milan 2-0 on Sunday night to return a point clear of Lazio at the top of the Serie A table.