The agent of reported Manchester United target Paulo Dybala will meet with Palermo over the weekend in a bid to strike a deal over a new contract extension, Sky Sports Italia reports.
The Argentine ace has been in fantastic form this season, scoring nine Serie A goals and adding a further four assists, which has prompted speculation to arise over his future.
According to the Daily Mail, United are interested in acquiring his services and are considering him as a replacement for Radamel Falcao.
There is little denying that the Colombian’s loan spell at Old Trafford hasn’t quite turned out as expected, yet in contrast Dybala has become an extremely tempting proposition.
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini confirmed United’s interest on Radio Due – as reported by the Daily Mail – but the Red Devils could be in a race against time if they wish to sign him during the January transfer window.
According to Sky Sports Italia, negotiations over a new deal are set to be held over the weekend, and it is not clear what sort of fee they may wish to include as a possible release clause.
“Dybala's agent will arrive in Sicily tomorrow and a meeting will take place with Palermo's management after the Roma match. His agent will be looking to renew his contract, which is still in the initial phases,” the report says.
Dybala, 21, joined Palermo in the summer of 2012 on a four-year contract and has often drawn comparisons with Manchester City ace Sergio Aguero.
Given his age and potential, he could turn out to be an astute signing by Van Gaal as he will soon need to start thinking about the club’s future frontline beyond the aging Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.