Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini is hopeful that Paulo Dybala will sign a new contract at Stadio Renzo Barbera, but admits that rival interest in the star striker is complicating talks between the player and club.
The Daily Star on Sunday carries quotes from the Serie 'A' outfit's senior chief, who addressed recent speculation regarding the 21-year-old's future, following rumours that Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are all coveting his signature.
Dybala has already been dubbed the 'next Sergio Aguero' back in his native Argentina, and perhaps that explains part of the reason why the likes of Louis van Gaal, Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers have been keeping tabs on his ongoing development.
With a reported valuation of £31 million, the South American certainly won't come to the Premier League on the cheap, particularly if he signs an extension to his current deal in Italy.
"We are very close to a contract renewal and it’s a matter of days, but the negotiations are being complicated by the vultures circling him," confirmed Zamparini. "Due to this pressure, it will be difficult to keep hold of him at the end of the season.
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"I don’t want to sell my best players, it is they who cannot say no when offered four or five times what they can earn here. However, if I find a strong economic partner, then I’m keeping him."
It remains to be seen how negotiations between Palermo, Dybala and his representatives play out over the coming weeks, but it looks almost impossible for any transfer to happen between now and the close of the January window.