Report: Manchester United identify expensive Radamel Falcao replacement

Could Manchester United replace Radamel Falcao with Paulo Dybala?

Manchester United are considering replacing Radamel Falcao with Paulo Dybala, report The Mail.

The paper claim: "Louis van Gaal could bring in Dybala with summer loan signing Radamel Falcao failing to make a true impact in the Premier League."

Dybala has emerged as the find of the season in Italy for Palermo, the current joint-third top scorer in Serie A with nine goals alongside Napoli forward and fellow Argentine Gonzalo Higuain, with ex-United star Carlos Tevez leading the league with 11.

Crucially, Dybala can also boast of being joint-second in the league for assists, with six to his name already. He has the most combined goals and assists of any player in Serie A.

Unsurprisingly the 21-year-old is valued highly by Palermo, with their club president setting a minimum price and confirming interest from the Red Devils.

The Mail reported Mauro Zamparini told Radio Due: "Dybala is worth over €40m but I won't sell him until June. Many foreign clubs asked after him, including Manchester United.

"I told the English side that he is not for sale right now, but we can talk about it again in six months. In my view, he is the best striker in Europe at the moment."

The price it would cost to sign Dybala would be in the same region it would cost United to sign loanee Radamel Falcao, who has scored only three goals since signing.

The Colombian's high wage demands are a difference maker however, while Dybala is seven years younger and does not have the same injury history.

United have to assess whether they are seeing the real Falcao, or if he will improve in his second year after major knee surgery. They would need to weigh this up with his previous track record, and the fact this is really the first season Dybala has performed in this manner, whether he will continue to improve or if this is considered too short a period on which to judge.

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