According to reports, Manchester United want to prise Paulo Dybala away from Juventus, and they will have to eclipse the sum Barcelona spent on Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian moved from Liverpool to Camp Nou in a £142million deal over the weekend, converting into the third most valuable player in history – and a record Premier League sale – in the process.
And, due to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Coutinho’s big-money move has generated ripples in Turin and will be the reference point used by Italian giants when they come to arrange the departure of Dybala.
The Argentine striker has been massively linked with a move to United as an alternative to Antoine Griezmann, who opted to remain at Atletico Madrid last summer and is now asking a deal deserving £400,000-a-week to move to Old Trafford.
Dybala is believed to be on United’s list of options to create their attack alongside Romelu Lukaku, while Paul Pogba even brought out his now fabled ‘Agent P’ moniker in an Instagram post highlighting his old Juve teammate.
But if Pogba and Dybala are to be reassembled at Old Trafford, Tuttosport report that Coutinho’s move to Catalan giants will be used as the benchmark to define the fee United must pay.
Both Dybala and Coutinho play similar roles – with Dybala inheriting Alessandro Del Piero’s iconic No.10 shirt – though the Argentine is younger (by almost 18 months) and has won more titles than Coutinho.