Striker Chelsea wanted in 2012 tipped for €30m price-tag

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Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has made a bold statement about the value of striker Paulo Dybala – a former Chelsea target.

Maurizio Zamparini has never been one to shield the public from his thoughts, with a penchant for making the headlines in Italy.

The Palermo owner is best-known around Europe for sacking coaches with extreme regularity, making nearly 30 changes at the helm in his 12 years leading the club.

Back in the April of 2012 Zamparini found himself in hot water after announcing the capture of then 18-year-old striker Argentine Paulo Dybala from Instituto.

Zamparini claimed to have seen off challenges from the likes of Chelsea and Inter to sign the ‘next Sergio Aguero – only for Instituto to refute his claim soon after.

Palermo did eventually get their hands on Dybala, however, officially unveiling him as a Rosanero player a few months later in July 2012.

Dybala’s first season in Sicily saw him net three goals as Palermo were relegated to Serie B. Last term he bagged five goals and six assists in Italy’s second division as the Stadio Renzo Barbera finished champions to secure a quick return to Serie A.

Now with Abel Hernandez having left for Hull City, the Argentine over duties as the Rosanero’s focal point in attack upon making the step back up to the top flight.

And Zamparini has now made a bold prediction about just how valuable an asset Dybala will be down the road.

He told Radio Marte: “I am convinced that Dybala will eventually be worth €30 million. He is truly talented and can do a lot better. We have a young and talented forward line.”

Dybala has netted once through three Serie A appearances thus far this term and has a long way to go to fulfill his club owner’s lofty expectations of him.

Attackers the likes of Edinson Cavani and Javier Pastore have made their names at Palermo under the guise of Zamparini, and the 73-year-old clearly is looking to see Dybala turn out another gem in this mould.

The good news is that at 20 years of age the Argentine still has plenty of time to develop, with just over 1,500 minutes of Serie A football under his belt to date in his career.

Zamparini’s latest statement certainly puts a lot of weight on Dybala’s shoulders to come good – though only time will tell if the youngster can follow the trail blazed by his predecessors in Sicily.

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