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Former England manager Fabio Capello has dismissed the idea that swapping Paulo Dybala for Paul Pogba would be good business for Juventus but said he would sacrifice the Argentine forward to land Harry Kane. Dybala has struggled for form this season, with just two goals in seven outings in all competitions, and he has been overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Chelsea flop Alvaro Morata.
Dybala is a long-time transfer target for Manchester United and the club held talks with the 27-year-old in the summer of 2019 over a possible big-money move.
Three years earlier, Pogba had completed his return to Old Trafford for a then world record fee of £93.2m after becoming a world star at Juventus.
But earlier this month Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola stated Pogba’s time at United was “over” and that his client was unhappy at the Red Devils.
This led to talk of a possible swap deal between the two clubs but Capello insists Dybala will return to his best form and has blamed the dip on the forward contracting COVID in April.
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“I said I wouldn’t swap Dybala to get Pogba. If I could, I’d trade him with Tottenham’s English striker Harry Kane,” Capello told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Covid is the explanation. Especially for a player like Dybala, who needs to dribble [past] a man.
“The impression is that he’s a bit unfinished. He captivates but leaves doubts. He certainly has superior qualities, he really has all you need.
“He needs the physical conditions to return to his best. Paulo needs to be 100 per cent well, because if you are well physically, the head leads you to face the opponents, the team-mates, the coach and even the club.
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“Dybala can do everything on the pitch if he is well, even playing in a trident with Alvaro Morata and Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Capello enjoyed a stellar managerial career, winning the Champions League in 1994 at AC Milan and securing several Serie A and La Liga titles during spells at Milan, Roma, Real Madrid and Juventus – although his two league wins at the latter were revoked.
However, it was his four-year stint in charge of England between 2008 and 2012 which Capello is best known for on these shores.
Capello has the best winning percentage of any England manager apart from Sam Allardyce – who was only in charge for one game – with the Italian recording an impressive 66.7 per cent.
But few England fans were disappointed to see him depart in 2012 after 42 games when he resigned due to the FA stripping John Terry of the England captaincy.
Capello’s comments on Dybala came after it was reported that Juventus are set to offer him a new £9million-per-year contract until 2025 but have told the forward they will look to sell if he refuses it.
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