Manchester United and Chelsea hopes of signing transfer target Paulo Dybala took a massive blow after the player himself declared his excitement over any potential move to European giants Barcelona - subtlety is not his strong point though!
Reports last month had claimed that officials from both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge were preparing to step up attempts to land the talented Argentine in the summer transfer window, but the success of these campaigns now looks in doubt.
It's little surprise that Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have taken an interest in Dybala, as his performances for Palermo this season have been sensational at times. There is also little surprise that the Premier League duo are not the only clubs taking a keen interest in his future.
Barcelona are reportedly one of those clubs and the Camp Nou club going in for him would be a most welcome move if his comments during an Argentine radio interview this weekend.
"I would swim to Barcelona. It's only just across the Mediterranean after all," he told Radio Belgrano, according to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
Unfortunately for the 21-year-old striker, the Catalan club are under a transfer embargo this summer due to breaching rules regarding the signing of players under the age of 18. This means the earliest they could bring in new faces would be the 2016 January transfer window.
However, he might still be happy to take that, as it would probably take him that long to swim from Palermo to the Spanish city.
Manchester United and Chelsea cannot pass up this opportunity. With one of their biggest rivals for one of Europe's most exciting young prospects unable to make a move, they should be putting together offers that will be difficult to turn down.
Dybala has hit 12 goals in Serie A this season, coming at a rate of one in every two matches; not an exceptionally prolific strike rate, but the nature of his performances have been standing out.
Able to operate wide or in a deeper role, as well playing as a central striker, Van Gaal and Mourinho should be battling hard to get their hands on his. Palermo have no chance of hanging on to him come the summer, though the interest in him could see them getting a hefty fee in exchange - Dybala is definitely worth a gamble.
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