Palermo president admits Paulo Dybala is likely to leave

by Ben Topliss

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has admitted Paulo Dybala will probably leave the Italian side after his relationship changed with the club.

Dybala has scored 11 goals in 21 Serie A games this season and was recently watched by scouts from Manchester United.

It appeared Dybala might commit to Palermo by signing a new contract but Zamparini believes he will now leave after a falling out over agents.

Speaking about Dybala, Zamparini said: “I find myself in the same situation with Dybala as with [Edinson] Cavani and [Javier] Pastore. This year he has exploded, but I already knew that he was very good.

“The lad is now in the hands of some people who don’t wish him well. It’s difficult to see him staying at Palermo, maybe someone wants to take him away later, on a free transfer.

“This is the foolishness of FIFA, football is now in the hands of certain characters like agents and others who just want to make money. I don’t talk to him anymore, he has completely changed. There are people who are trying to involve him in strange situations.

“He’s a great lad, who has been corrupted by bad advice. Now he’s advised by people who only see him as money making tool and nothing else.”

Read our transfer profile on Paulo Dybala

Gianluca di Marzio reports that Man United also had their eye on Mauro Icardi during Sunday’s game between Inter Milan and Palermo. Icardi was in fantastic form and scored a brace as Inter ran out 3-0 winners.

With Radamel Falcao continuing to struggle at Old Trafford and Robin van Persie also misfiring, Man United are keeping their options open as they look for potential summer signings.

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