Dimitar Berbatov has warned Manchester United that the talented Paulo Dybala might struggle with life in the Premier League.
Reports linking Dybala with a shock move to England over the past week have soared. Apparently, Manchester United are in talks with Juventus for a trade deal that will see Romelu Lukaku head to Turin.
Although the final decision allegedly rests on Dybala himself. So far, though, he’s yet to hold talks with Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri over his future despite returning to Italy on Thursday.
Further updates, therefore, aren’t likely to come until Monday at the earliest. By then, the Argentine striker will have begun pre-season training and will surely have a chat with Sarri at some point.
But Berbatov suggests his old club United may have to think carefully over signing the 25-year-old. Despite acknowledging the forward’s quality, the Bulgarian pointed out a worrying fact that could see him struggle with Premier League football.
“I am a fan of Dybala. You can see his football intelligence. The thinking, his pass, the left-foot, his shots, his free-kicks, I like him a lot,” Berbatov told Metro.
“The only thing is that he is not big, he’s small. Will he fit into the Premier League where it’s more physical?
“But you look at other players with his stature – David Silva for example – he’s a legend. It’s important for him to look at those types of players if the deal goes through.”
But Dybala’s former Palermo team-mate Stefano Sorrentino claimed this week that United could be about to get their hands on a future Ballon d’Or winner. So, it seems the English giants have got a tricky decision to make.
In spite of all this, the most concerning problem for the Red Devils could be the Juventus player’s alleged wage demands of €10m per season.