Paulo Dybala would prefer to stay at Palermo than join Manchester United in the January transfer window, reports The Express.
The striker has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks but Arsenal has always seemed the likelier destination. The same report claims Dybala is currently in talks with the Gunners but, should they break down, he will stay in Serie A until the summer at least.
That would mean rejecting the advances of Louis van Gaal, who had reportedly been weighing up a £31 million bid for his services. Liverpool have also been linked with a similar offer, but, similarly, the Reds face disappointment.
Competition for places
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is said to prefer PSG star Edinson Cavani over the 21-year-old, who has been likened to Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, leaving doubts over a potential deal. However, PSG are still demanding £61 million for the Uruguayan, which is unsurprisingly out of Arsenal's price range.
Meanwhile Manchester United have a wealth of talent up front in Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and James Wilson with Van Gaal opting to sell Danny Welbeck in the summer. Falcao, currently on loan from AS Monaco, has been tipped to make his move permanent, meaning first team opportunities at Old Trafford will certainly come at a premium.
"It would take €40m (£31m) to take him away from us"
As good as Ronaldo
The Gunners remain in talks with Palermo over a deal, but even their asking price is verging on the ludicrous. Club president Maurizio Zamparini has previously claimed that Dybala will justify the price by going on to match the achievements of the world's best players.
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He is quoted in the same report as saying: "Within two years, he's going to be better than Cristiano Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi and [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic.
"It would take €40m (£31m) to take him away from us. He's the best striker in Serie A."
While Dybala may have some way to go before he matches his apparent likeness in Aguero, he has been impressive for Palermo so far this season. He scored a goal in each half as the Sicilian club smashed Cagliari 5-0 taking his tally to nine for the season.