Palermo president Mauro Zamparini would prefer Manchester United target Paulo Dybala to stay in Italy

by Ben Topliss

Palermo president Mauro Zamparini would prefer Paulo Dybala to stay in Serie A rather than go to Manchester United or a foreign team should he choose to leave the club next season.

Dybala and Zamparini recently suffered a breakdown in their relationship after a falling out over agents.

Zamparini says the Argentine will probably leave Palermo but that he wants to sell to an Italian club such as Juventus.

Speaking about the 21-year-old’s future, Zamparini said: “There has not been any contact with Napoli but it is true that [Director General of Juventus Giuseppe] Marotta has been in touch.

“He told me that Juventus will be right there if we decide to sell Dybala. They are very much interested in signing him and are ready to open talks.

“I told him that I would be more than happy to sell Paulo to Juventus if possible. I would actually prefer for him to stay in Italy.

“I know Marotta, though, so I immediately made it clear that I will not give him a discount.”

Gianluca di Marzio reports that Man United sent scouts to watch Dybala and Mauro Icardi during last weekend’s match between Inter Milan and Palermo. Icardi stole the show for Inter and scored a brace as the club ran out 3-0 winners.

Man United are clearly keeping their options open given Radamel Falcao’s uncertain future at Old Trafford and Robin van Persie’s indifferent form.

It remains to be seen if the club do make a move for Dybala in the summer but he would certainly make an impact having scored 11 goals in 21 Serie A appearances this season.

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