It’s a blow, especially for fans who have been hoping to see the Argentina international make the move. After all he’s a household name and one of the best players in world football.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer only wants players fully committed to the fight. Perhaps he’s looked at the tenures of Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal and decided that was where the duo went wrong.
Van Gaal signed Angel Di Maria, who actually wanted to go to PSG that same year. Mourinho went for Pogba in 2016, despite the Frenchman’s first choice being the Bernabeu as well.
Solskjaer doesn’t want to make the same mistake again. That’s why United have failed to meet Dybala’s lofty £350,000-a-week wage demands.
But Pogba and De Gea could play a role in what happens next.
It is not unfeasible that United will reignite their interest in Dybala. Not just because of Lukaku’s situation, but because of how highly they rate him.
Ed Woodward nearly got him from Palermo in 2015, with Van Gaal identifying him as a potential transfer target.
And had it not been for Juventus and the lure of staying in Italy, the Argentina international could have made the move to Old Trafford.
There’s also now the tantalising prospect of uniting him alongside Pogba.
The duo are close, spending a year at Juventus earlier in their respective careers. They have maintained a line of communication in the years since.
United are battling to keep Pogba. Real Madrid want him and, just like 2016, he wants them too.
But signing Dybala, his close friend, would be a good way of keeping him happy and ensuring he stay around, at least for another 12 months.
Then there’s De Gea.
The United star is on the cusp of signing a new contract at the club but he needs them to show ambition.