Paulo Dybala called to axe Man Utd transfer while his agent was in Ed Woodward’s office

Paolo Dybala was a wanted man last summer with Manchester United chief Ed Woodward holding face-to-face talks with the player’s agent – but the Argentina international reportedly called during that meeting to cancel any prospective transfer. When it become clear United were going to move on from Romelu Lukaku, the recruitment process earmarked Dybala as their top target to replace their front man.

Juventus were seemingly willing to listen to offers with a potential swap of Lukaku for Dybala on the cards.

And a move looked on the cards with Woodward arranging a meeting with Dybala’s broker, Jorge Antun in United’s London office.

But Dybala put a stop to any move before the two could get down to negotiating personal terms.

According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, Dybala called up Antun during the meeting with Woodward to inform him he wanted to remain at Juventus.

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The 26-year-old was also strongly linked with a move to Tottenham in the summer transfer window but he made it clear that he wanted to stay in Italy.

Ultimately, Dybala remained at Juventus while Lukaku went on to join Inter Milan.

Dybala has been a regular in the Juventus side this season and played his part in helping the Italian giants keep up a title challenge.

Juventus, though, have slipped up in recent weeks, losing to Napoli and Hellas Verona to allow their rivals to close the gap.

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Lazio currently sit top while Inter Milan are also in close proximity but question marks remain over the remainder of the Serie A season.

There has been a huge outbreak of the coronavirus in Italy, largely in the northern region, leading to several games being postponed.

And this week the Italian government issued a new decree stating all matches would take place without fans for at least the next month.

But there have been called from the Players’ Association President Damiano Tommasi and Italy’s Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora to suspend the league altogether.

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“This morning I wrote to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora, CONI President Giovanni Malagò, FIGC President Gabriele Gravina, Lega Serie A President Paolo Dal Pino, Lega Serie B President Mauro Balata and Lega Pro President Francesco Ghirelli,” Tommasi wrote on Twitter.

“Stopping football is the most useful action for the country at this moment.

“The teams we should be cheering on are playing in our hospitals and emergency centres.”

Spadafora, meanwhile, said: “It makes no sense at this moment, while we ask our citizens for enormous sacrifices to prevent the spread of the contagion, to risk the health of players, referees, coaches, fans who will certainly gather to see games, just to protect the interests that revolve around the sport.”

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