Chelsea and Manchester United will reportedly miss out on their prime target as he looks set to renew terms with Juventus.

Chelsea and Manchester United had decent transfer windows, but have started the season on a subpar wavelength. Both sides met last weekend in the Premier League and played out a 0-0 draw and even before their clash, some gaping holes still need addressing. With each one of them still keen on a winger, the name of Juventus winger Paulo Dybala was put into contention.

Dybala has been on the wishlist of many top clubs for the past couple of seasons as clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid have also showed interest in landing the Argentine forward. However, only the Red Devils and the Blues remain firm favourites to sign the Juve star at the back of latest developments.

The former Palermo man has been a star performer for the Bianconeri since he arrived in 2015. The 26-year-old forward has altogether created a different reputation for himself in the club as many fans call him “La Joya”, further defining his status of a jewel in Turin. The Italian champions have a contract with the player till the summer of 2022 and are reportedly interested to offer a new deal to their star attacker.

According to Football London, Juventus chief officer Fabio Paratici has confirmed that Dybala is in talks with the club over a potential new contract and will soon sign a new deal with the club. There have been a lot of speculations regarding the Argentine leaving the club next summer but there now is some clarity.

The news won’t go down well with Chelsea and Manchester United as both clubs have been long time admirers of the 26-year-old and were willing to pay a hefty figure to secure the services of the forward. At present, both teams have managed to bring in fresh recruitments in the summer some of which include the likes of Edinson Cavani, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Donny van de Beek.

The Blues although have an established attacking setup as they already have the presence of Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson Odoi and Oliver Giroud at their disposal. The idea of slotting in the Dybala as a second striker could have been a tempting option if the Juve star was to make his way to London.

Which alternative forwards should the English duo explore now that Dybala’s contract extension in Italy now seems only a matter of time?

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