Palermo's controversial chairman Maurizio Zamparini has told Arsenal, Manchester United and every other top club exactly what it will take to persuade him to part with prized asset Paulo Dybala, an offer of at least €40 million.
Dybala has burst onto the scene this season, starting his maiden Serie A campaign in style with nine goals in 17 matches. Only Carlos Tevez and Mauro Icardi have scored more in Italy than the exciting young forward, who is unsurprisingly being touted as South America's next big breakthrough star.
Europe's top clubs are monitoring Dybala very closely, but Zamparini is adamant that will take an astronomical offer to take the 21-year-old away from Sicily before the transfer window slams shut.
€40m gamble worth taking?
In an interview brought to our attention by the Daily Star the youngster's transfer status is made clear, with Zamperini insisting that the fact his favourite forward's contract expires next summer won't affect him keeping the price tag sky high for the time being.
Zamperini explained: "Dybala is a world class player who is being compared to [Paris St-Germain and former Palermo midfielder] Javier Pastore.
"Hence, his price tag matches the skill: we are talking 40million euros and upwards. So far offers for him have only come in indirectly because they know how tough I can be [when negotiating]."
Contract situation adds level of intrigue
Palermo clearly think they have a cash cow that can follow in Pastore's footsteps onto bigger and better things, but without tying Dybala down to fresh terms that thinking may be fanciful to say the least.
Dybala has 18 months left on his current contract and will surely have to be sold this summer unless he signs a new deal, although Serie A's surprise package so far this season are confident he'll do just in the very near future.
It's highly unlikely that Arsenal, United or Liverpool will consider shelling out around £31m for a player who could be available for significantly less in six months, but given how desperate all three clubs are to qualify for the Champions League a moves is not beyond the realms of possibility.
Dybala is a player worth watching if you get the chance to check out Palermo, an exceptionally-gifted talent who has all the makings of player capable of excelling at the very highest level.
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