Southampton boss Koeman strongly denies interest in £15m-rated 'new Aguero'

Ronald Koeman

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says the Saints have no interest in Palermo's Paulo Dybala.

Southampton's start to the season has been sensational. Seven wins and a draw from the first ten games of the season gives the Siants 22 points, leaving them in second place behind leaders Chelsea.

New signings such as Fraser Forster, Toby Alderweireld, Ryan Bertrand, Dusan Tadic, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle have all impressed so far, whilst with just five goals conceded this season, new manager Ronald Koeman has moulded the meanest defence in the Premier League.

However, that hasn't stopped transfer rumours about the Saints with the January transfer window fast approaching, and Palermo forward Paulo Dybala is reported to be their top target ahead of the New Year.

The 20-year-old, formerly of Instituto in his native Argentina, was touted as the next Sergio Aguero when he made the move to Palermo in 2012.

Whilst he hasn't quite lived up to that heady comparison so far, he has impressed in Italy - both in Serie A and Serie B during Palermo's relegation.

With three goals and two assists in the first ten games of the Serie A season, Dybala has attracted interest from Portuguese giants Benfica, whilst reports in Argentina and Italy suggested that Southampton wanted to make a £15m bid for him in January.

Yet speaking today, manager Koeman said that the club have no interest in the player and haven't even had discussions about him.

"No. I can’t say anything about that. We never spoke about that player," said former Feyenoord boss Koeman.

Dybala works well off a centre forward - such as Pelle - and with great dribbling ability, Dybala could have provide an added spark to the Southampton attack alongside Tadic and Mane, but it seems that Koeman won't be making a move for his services in January.

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