Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has confirmed that striker Paulo Dybala will be on the move in the summer, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United liked with a swoop.
The 21-year-old has been in superb form this season and has managed 12 goals in 27 games this term, and that has attracted the interest of a host of top clubs from across Europe.
Arsenal and Manchester United have both been linked, with Chelsea are also said to be in the running. This morning reports in the Spanish press claim that Barcelona are also looking at the uncapped Argentinian while a switch to Juventus is also a possibility.
Whichever club are interested in his services it seems the only guarantee is that he won't be at Palermo come the end of the season, with Zamparini already confirming that he is looking for the talented youngster's replacement.
It's clear that Paulo will leave," he told Live Sicilia. "Indeed, we're looking for another striker. At home we only have [Andrea] Belotti so, besides him, we will have another forward [for next season]."
According to reports last week, Arsenal have sent scouts to watch the youngster in action, but are wary of the £30 million fee slapped on his head by Zamparini. The striker himself has previously admitted he would 'swim' to Barcelona if there's a chance he could strut his stuff at the Nou Camp.
Zamparini has been outspoken about Dybala's potential in recent months, comparing him to the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and suggesting that he's currently the best striker in Europe.
“Dybala is worth over €40m [£31m] but I won’t sell him until June,” Zamparini told Radio Due back in January. “Many foreign clubs asked after him, including Manchester United. I told the English side that he is not for sale right now, but we can talk about it again in six months. In my view, he is the best striker in Europe at the moment.”
The Palermo president has previously claimed that he already has one offer on the table from a European club of around €40 million. Despite being so highly rated, Dybala was ignored by Argentina during the international break, while team-mate Franco Vazquez has been called up by Italy - who Dybala is eligible to play for too - for their game against England tonight.
The hype surrounding Dybala has died off a little bit, and it is interesting to see his main partner in crime, Vazquez, get an international call-up before him.
It's possible that all the hype has gotten to him too; he's managed just one goal in his last seven games - form which is hardly befitting of a £30 million striker. Given Zamparini's inclination to sound off about his players, don't be surprised to see him move for much less than that.
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