Maurizio Zamparini has said that he is confident sought-after star striker Paulo Dybala will sign a new contract with Palermo.
The Argentine is the crown jewel of Beppe Iachini’s side, dazzling Serie A defences with 10 goals and six assists so far, including strikes against giants Roma and AC Milan.
Brought to Sicily after a protracted transfer saga in July 2012, the €11.9 million club record signing took a few years to find his feet despite being compared to Sergio Aguero.
Dybala hit three goals in his first relegation-doomed season at the Renzo Barbera, following up with five goals and six assists last term in Serie B.
But seemingly nothing has been able to stop the 21-year-old this time around, with Zamparini constantly making public statements about the Argentine’s immense value.
Last week The Independent linked Arsenal with a move for the Palermo starlet, with the Daily Mail naming Manchester United as another club with a keen eye on Dybala, something Zamparini confirmed.
As interest from some of Europe’s biggest names has mounted, the Rosanero have been confronted by the need to sort out the youngster’s future.
Dybala’s current contract expires in 2016 and not securing a renewal would potentially put Palermo under pressure to sell at a discount in the coming summer.
Zamparini has in turn pushed to secure an extension with Dybala. Tuttomercatoweb reported on Tuesday that the player’s representatives met with Zamparini to discuss a new deal, leaving Palermo optimistic the striker can be tied down until 2018.
Meanwhile, Calciomercato spoke to the Rosanero owner following the summit with agent Pierpaolo Triulzi. Zamparini simply said: “I am confident.”
Extending Dybala’s current terms would be a major victory for Palermo, who would then be able to secure maximum value for the Argentine in the future should he continue to produce at the same level.
Arsenal and Manchester United will likely have to play by Zamparini’s rules to pry him loose down the line should they wish to, the Italian having a reputation for selling high via Javier Pastore.
Nothing is certain yet – Tuttomercatoweb claims there will be another meeting later this week to define financial details – though Palermo look to be on their way to tying up a crucial deal for the club’s future.