Paulo Dybala turned down his stunning move to Manchester United after the Red Devils refused to meet his whopping £18m yearly salary, according to shocking reports.
United were heavily linked with the Juventus star, 25, as part of a swap deal that would see Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, 26, head to Turin.
But the Times’ Ian Whittell and Paul Hirst claim that the Premier League side pulled the plug on the transfer as they refused to make Dybala one of the club’s top earners.
According to reports, the deal would have seen United shed out an incredible £13m on agent fees on top of the £18m salary demanded by the Argentine forward.
United ended their interest in Dybala on Sunday after they failed to reach an agreement over his transfer away from Juventus.
Lukaku’s future has remained uncertain this summer after admitting his desire to quit Old Trafford.
The Belgium international had been linked with Inter Milan, but the Italian club had a £54m bid rejected by the Red Devils.
Lukaku, who is valued at around £80m by United, has once again re-emerged on Inter’s radar after his move to Juventus collapsed.
According to beIN Sports’ Tancredi Palmeri, the Italian club have submitted a £73m bid for the United striker.
United ended their pre-season tour on Saturday after beating AC Milan on penalties.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have won all six of their pre-season fixtures ahead of the new Premier League season.
And the United boss, 46, hopes that the club’s signing of Leicester City star Harry Maguire is completed soon.
“Hopefully, the last little details will be in place, so we can announce something very soon,” the Norwegian said.
“Let’s get the last details over the line. But he’s played a few games over the summer so we’ll just have to assess him as and when.”
United have splashed out a whopping £80m for Maguire, who Solskjaer hinted could feature in their opening clash against Chelsea on Sunday.
“It’s been five good weeks, some players have done well to get into the team when you thought they would need some time,” he said.
“But eight days is a long time in football.”
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