Maurizio Zamparini: Paulo Dybala will leave Palermo

by Ben Topliss

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has given up hope of keeping striker Paulo Dybala and is preparing for life without the Argentine.

Dybala is seen as one of the brightest young talents in European football having scored 12 goals in 27 appearances this season.

Manchester United, Manchester City Arsenal and Chelsea are all rumoured to be interested in the 21-year-old along with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.

Zamaparini conceded that he expects Dybala and his strike partner Franco Vazquez to leave Palermo in the summer.

Speaking about Palermo’s future, Zamaparini said: “It’s clear that Paulo will leave.

“In fact, we’re looking for another striker, as we only have [Andrea] Belotti at the moment.

“The team is out of form, the midfield is less aggressive and Vazquez is out of form too.

“Next year Palermo will have to play without Vazquez and Dybala, so I’d like to see other players [come in].”

It looks like Dybala, who has a £29.5m release clause, will be the subject of a number of bids at the end of the season.

Juventus have already signalled their intention to sign the youngster while the player himself has previously admitted he is “dreaming” of a move to Barcelona or City. Louis van Gaal will face competition should he decide to go for Dybala but United undoubtedly have the funds to push through a move.

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