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Report: Juventus agrees to personal terms with Romelu Lukaku

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Big man. Big paycheck.

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No matter how you feel about the proposed swap deal between Juventus and Manchester United involving Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku, the simple optics of what is being thrown out into the open of the rumor mill suggests that the latter is much more open to it all going down rather than the player who has been in bianconero for the past five years.

Take, for instance, how quickly one of the more important steps in a deal happening, agreeing to personal terms, has been done in what seems like the snap of the fingers when it comes to United’s current No. 9 switching clubs.

According to Goal Italia’s Romeo Agresti, Juventus and Lukaku have done just that, agreeing to personal terms on a contract that would see him be one of the highest-paid players at the club if he is to join the eight-time defending Serie A champions this summer.

The figure that Lukaku would earn in Turin? That would be €9 million a season.

Remember, Italy reports things a little differently than everybody around. That would be a salary of €9 million NET for Lukaku, not €9 million gross as it’s usually reported in other parts of Europe, including the United Kingdom.

Lukaku is reportedly one of the highest-paid players in the Premier League, and that would again be the case if he were to switch United for Juventus this summer. If the €9 million figure he would earn at Juve is correct, he would be the third-highest paid player at the club behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Matthijs de Ligt, just ahead of the likes of Gonzalo Higuain — who might not be at the club much longer depending on his acceptance of a proposed move to Roma — and Douglas Costa.

For comparison’s sake, Dybala — who is signed through the 2021-22 season — makes a reported €7 million a season.

But the obvious sticking point in this deal actually happening is Dybala agreeing to the move, which seems like it’s going to take Manchester United some serious negotiating over the next few days based on continued reports that Juventus’ current No. 10 doesn’t want to leave the club even with all of the rumors going crazy right now.