Paulo Dybala is yet to agree a contract extension with Palermo as suitors queue up.
The Argentine has been sensational for Palermo after achieving promotion last season, bagging 11 goals and six assists for the high-flying Sicilian side.
Dybala’s meteoric rise to prominence came as something of a surprise to some, given that he had just a single season of Serie A action under his belt coming into the campaign.
Rosanero owner Maurizio Zamparini has maintained he always knew the Argentine’s true value, however, after declaring him the ‘new Sergio Aguero’ to Radio Marte upon his signing in 2012.
Zamparini has consistently increased his personal valuation of the striker, while working behind the scenes to tie the 21-year-old down to a new contract.
With Dybala’s current deal set to expire in 2016, fresh terms are essential for Palermo to ensure maximum gains when the time comes to sell.
However, Zamparini revealed to Radio Kiss Kiss via Football Italia on Tuesday that negotiations have fallen on hard times, with agents influencing Dybala not to sign the proposed extension.
This will surely pique the interest of Manchester United and Arsenal – both linked with the Argentine last month by the Mirror – who could in turn move for his services this summer.
And according to journalist Alfredo Pedulla, a transfer market specialist, there are a number of English clubs ready to put significant offers on the table this summer.
He told Sportitalia: “Dybala has many admirers in England, willing to go up to €35 million, in this case reached before the renewal with the Rosanero – Manchester United most of all.
“In Italy the only team truly interested in the player is Roma. The Giallorossi, however, already have €30 million on their plate to redeem [Davide] Astori, [Radja] Nainggolan and [Victor] Ibarbo. It would be hard to spend €30 million more for the Argentine.”
United continue to face problems in attack as Louis van Gaal has chosen to move Wayne Rooney to midfield, with Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao not firing up front together.
The Colombian’s future at Old Trafford looks in doubt as he doesn’t appear to be the dominant striker he once was, with just four Premier League goals so far.
Dybala resembles an exciting alternative who would add pace, creativity and the ability to beat his man on the ball to the front line, qualities the Red Devils could certainly use.
Pedulla’s words suggest United are the most serious suitor for the Argentine, but it remains unlikely they’d be able to snap him up without competition from elsewhere.
Even if Dybala continues to refuse to renew with Palermo, Zamparini will demand a hefty sum to sell this summer, and it may come down to just how much faith United have in the 21-year-old in deciding whether or not to spend upwards of €35 million on him.