Palermo chief admits London trip to discuss Paulo Dybala transfer

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Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has confirmed he was recently in London to discuss a potential transfer deal for Paulo Dybala with an unnamed club.

Thanks to the outspoken chief Dybala is one of the most talked about strikers in the world at the moment. Of course, the 21-year-old's growing reputation is largely down to his fine form this season.

There are now a number of clubs interested in taking Dybala off of Palermo's hands with Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal all rumoured to be tracking him. If Zamparini is telling the truth, then one of those clubs could have met with him to steal a march on their rivals.

"I've been to London and I have received calls from all over Europe"

The London trip

"Paulo Dybala, although very young is one of the best strikers in the world," Zamparini is quoted in talkSPORT as saying.

"His future? The problem is not the boy but his agents. I am sorry for this. I've been to London and I have received calls from all over Europe.

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"I would be happy Napoli bought him, but I don't think he is within their reach. Dybala is out of reach of all Italian companies."

Who was he talking to?

As of yet, no reliable source is suggesting which club Zamparini met with during his time in England capital. Naturally, you could assume he was meeting Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis, as the Gunners are the only London-based club currently linked with a move.

However, it would be very easy for officials from either the Etihad or Old Trafford to travel down to meet the Palermo chief in London. There are probably a lot more swanky places they could take him compared to Manchester.

Manchester United are probably the club most desperate to sign a new and exciting striker. Radamel Falcao looks set to return to AS Monaco after another bad performance against Preston North End while Robin van Persie is now the wrong side of 30.

Manchester City have just signed Wilfried Bony and Arsenal have Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud and have just tied the exciting Chuba Akpom down to a long-term contract. Yaya Sanogo, while his future may be in doubt, looks set to return to the club this summer once his loan spell with Crystal Palace expires.

He won't come cheap with reports suggesting the tough negotiator that is Zamparini will be looking for no less than £31 million.

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