Palermo chief stamps sizeable asking price on reported Southampton target

Southampton's reported pursuit of Palermo striker Paulo Dybala could come a cropper after club president Maurizio Zamparini's latest comments on the promising striker.

A day after reported Southampton target Paulo Dybala scored Palermo’s second in a shock 2-0 win at AC Milan, club president Maurizio Zamparini has sought to dissuade potential bidders with his valuation of the Argentine striker.

Mirror Sport claimed last week that Saints boss Ronald Koeman was plotting a January swoop for the 20-year-old front man, who has been compared to compatriot Sergio Aguero in the past, with Wolfsburg and Benfica also understood to be keen on his signature.

Having been stalling on an extension to his current contract, set to expire in 2016, it had been rumoured that Palermo might be willing sellers, but Zamparini has insisted that the club won’t part with their promising goalscorer for anything less than €42 million.

‘For me, Dybala is worth €42 million and needs to be bought by an Arab, one that extracts oil every day for one billion euros, such as the PSG,’ he told Radio 2’s "Un giorno da pecora".

‘Otherwise he remains in Palermo.’

Dybala himself remained mum after the Milan victory on his future with the Sicilian outfit, telling reporters: ‘I think just about Palermo and the next game, there are still some months before the market.

‘I am focused on the next matches, we aim for safety and the championship is still very long.’

Dybala has recorded three goals and two assists in 10 Serie A games for newly-promoted Palermo this season, and was previously linked to the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea, before joining the Rosanero from childhood club Instituto in the summer of 2012.

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