Palermo chief Maurizio Zamparini has inferred that star man Paulo Dybala is likely to be heading to the Premier League, with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool known to be hot on his heels.
The Italian forward has lit up Serie A this season, having found the net 11 times in 22 domestic appearances, and despite Palermo’s best efforts it would appear that his heart is set on an exit. Zamparini, who has been highly vocal on the speculation regarding Dybala’s position, has now revealed that contract talks have ceased, and indicated his disappointment at the way his striker had conducted himself.
“I like him a lot, but I was expecting a different attitude,” Zamparini supposedly told Radio Kiss Kiss.
“I don’t speak to him about a new contract anymore.
"This lad is out of reach for all Italian clubs, except for Juventus who could make money by selling Paul Pogba.
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“I’d be happy to sell him to [Napoli President Aurelio] De Laurentiis, but Napoli no longer have a [Edinson] Cavani or [Ezequiel] Lavezzi to sell.
“I think it would be hard for the Azzurro club.”
If nothing else this fresh statement, brought to our attention by the Daily Express, all but rules out the chance of Dybala turning down an English club for a European giant located elsewhere on the continent.
His refusal to treat terms with his current club seriously can be used as evidence of his desire to leave, and though he recently admitted that Barcelona are one of his dream clubs, their transfer ban - which runs until 2016 - means that a transfer there is practically impossible even if they reciprocated his interest.
That means that United, Liverpool and Arsenal all have at least some chance of orchestrating a deal for one of Europe’s brightest young talents, even if he is valued at £31m. All three will likely be aiming to improve their attacking line-ups in the summer if they qualify for either the Champions League or the Europa League, with none boasting an out and out striker who has rivalled the likes of Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa.
Liverpool fans can perhaps put forward the staunchest argument for not needed Dybala’s goalscoring exploits, with Daniel Sturridge having proved himself capable of scoring 20+ goals in a season.
Injury has derailed this campaign for the former Chelsea striker, but he is set to return to his old ways now that his recovery is completed, and with Mario Balotelli’s form having left plenty to be desired, the England international might need a new partner.
Meanwhile Arsenal could do with some more firepower of their own. Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck are the go-to-options up top, but neither can boast a track record that puts them amongst the most lethal front-men in England, and with Alexis Sanchez having to make up the deficit, Arsene Wenger could well be considering new options for the summer transfer window.
Lastly there is United, with fans having every reason to believe that a new forward will be purchased before next season. The partnership of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao doesn’t seem to be working nearly as well as it looked like it would on paper, and as Louis van Gaal seemingly prefers Wayne Rooney to play in a role further back, bolstering his options in the final third appears to be a given.
United, Arsenal and Liverpool fans, would you like to see your club win the race for Dybala? Or do you think he’s not ready for Premier League football just yet? Let us know in the comments box below...