Paulo Dybala has established himself among the most coveted players in Europe right now and, thus, has been a popular scouting prospect as of late
But having been dubbed ‘the next Messi’ - a label last associated with the likes of a Juan Manuel Iturbe - there is a considerable amount of invalidated hype around the 21-year old.
Dybala’s versatility in the frontline as a finisher and facilitator has produced 13 goals and 10 assists in Serie A and it is that form that has sparked interest across the transfer market.
But with Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini slapping a €40 million price-tag on the striker, only the elite can realistically flirt with the idea of signing him.
Undoubtedly blessed with technical ability and pace, particularly in the final third, he is regarded by many as a future successor to the current Argentine regime. However, still awaiting his first call-up, it may take time before he can nudge aside the likes of Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, and Gonzalo Higuain on the international stage.
As is with all unproven talent, Dybala’s limited exposure leaves much to speculate in terms of performing in the more demanding of Europe’s divisions. One such league expressing a handful of interest is the Premier League.
And though his skill is easily what attracts suitors, his slight stature may prove an obstacle in convincing. Questions of how he would fare in Europe’s most physical contest must be a concern as a striker capable of linking play in England is becoming more coveted in any tempo-reliant squad.
Going up against the Jose Fontes and John Terrys of the English game will be a vast contrast to the defences he’s accustomed to in Italy.
Zamparini has already conceded that his talisman will soon leave the Stadio Renzo. “Will he stay? No. The player and his agent aspire to a big club, and they’re right to do so.”
Also adding that the club has received four offers for Dybala, it seems that the Rosanero president has made more preparations for life after him than life holding on.
The youngster is sure to make headlines at which ever club lands him after the summer window. Whether or not his comparisons to the best in the world are validated remains to be seen.
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