Palermo's Paulo Dybala will be 'better than Ronaldo, Messi and Zlatan'

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Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has tipped Arsenal and Southampton-linked Paulo Dybala to become the leading star of world football.

Just 48 hours after stamping a €40 million price tag on reported Arsenal and Southampton target Paulo Dybala, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini claims the 20-year-old forward will be better than Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Argentine youngster has recorded four goals and two assists in 11 Serie A games for newly-promoted Palermo this season, and was linked to the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea before joining his current club from Instituto in the summer of 2012.

Both Arsenal and Southampton are said to be preparing winter bids for the promising front man, who has been compared to Sergio Aguero in the past, with Portuguese giants 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’s recent comments suggest otherwise.

“Within two years, he's going to be better than Cristiano Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi and [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic," he told Mediaset television. "It would take 40 million euros to take him away from us. He's the best striker in Serie A."

Dybala himself has remained reserved on his future, telling reports after scoring in the recent 2-0 victory at AC Milan: “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.”

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