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Palermo president slams Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri for treatment of Paulo Dybala

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Palermo owner Mauruzio Zamparini has criticised Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri for his managament of summer acquisition Paulo Dybala, labelled as 'the new Messi'.

Reports as per Tuttosport have revealed this is not the first time the eccentric Palermo boss has hit out at Allegri regarding Dybala, declaring several times that the Argentine striker doesn't get enough playing time in Turin.

"Dybala is world class, Allegri isn't,” Zamparini said in an interview with Sport Mediaset.

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"Paulo knows how to do everything, when I sold him to Juve I told Marotta (Juventus' sporting director): ‘look, you’ve signed the new Messi'.

"When Messi was very young at Barcelona he was always playing. Dybala plays intermittently, this is a kind of determination from Allegri that I don’t understand.

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"I assume that he wants to take credit for his development."

However, Zamparini's accusations seem a bit exaggerated, as Dybala is the Old Lady's most played striker since the start of the season and is also their leading goalscorer with six goals in all competitions.

The Argentine has registered five strikes and two assists in Serie A, also scoring in the Supercoppa final 2-0 win over Lazio.

Zamparini also revealed Palermo's starman Franco Vazquez is being tracked by Juventus, as the Bianconeri are looking to add some creativity in their ranks. It was expected that summer signing Hernanes would provide the desperately needed spark in their midfield, but the Brazilian has failed to impress since his arrival in Turin.

Juve were linked with Vazquez over the summer, but unfortunately for them, Palermo refused to sell given that Dybala's departure had already left the Sicily side short of attacking options.

However, it seems that Palermo are now ready to cash-in on Vazquez as his price has increased significantly since the start of the season. Zamparini has set a €30 milion price tag on his star man, but it's still not clear if Juve are ready to meet his demands.

The Old Lady's desire to reunite Vazquez and Dybala is understandable, as the duo registered an impressive 23 goals and 20 assists between them in the 2014/15 Serie A campaign.

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