Reported Man United target downplays massive price-tag, thanks angry owner

Palermo starlet Paulo Dybala believes he is still yet to live up to his billing.

In-demand Palermo striker Paulo Dybala told Guerin Sportivo via Football Italia that his price-tag is too high and thanked president Maurizio Zamparini for his backing.

Earlier this week Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla told Sportitalia that several English sides are prepared to bid €35 million for the 21-year-old.

Pedulla placed Manchester United at the front of the queue, while the Mirror linked Arsenal with the youngster last month and Zamparini informed Tuttosport of an offer from Chelsea.

But Dybala has moved to downplay his current valuation, insisting that he must remain focused on the task at hand if he hopes to meet expectations.

He said to Guerin Sportivo: “Honestly, I think that [price] is an exaggeration. I still have so much to prove and I’m trying not to think too much about these tags so I can concentrate exclusively on my performance on the pitch.”

After netting 11 times through 21 appearances this term, Dybala still can only boast 14 career Serie A goals in total, having competed in Serie B last term.

Yet this doesn’t appear to concern the Argentine’s many suitors, and few remain sceptical about the idea that Dybala is set to accomplish great things in the future.

Zamparini himself has bandied about figures up to €50 million concerning the crown jewel of his Rosanero side, but revealed on Tuesday his relationship with Dybala has soured.

Palermo were hoping to tie the Argentine down to a new deal as his contract is set to expire in 2016, leaving the Sicilian club vulnerable when the summer rolls around.

However, Zamparini complained to Radio Kiss Kiss that Dybala has been “corrupted” by agents advising him to be wary of signing the proposed extension at the Renzo Barbera.

Dybala has opted not to hit back at the Rosanero owner, instead praising the 73-year-old for his support down the years, as the Argentine initially struggled in Italy.

“He was always behind me, even when people started doubting my skills. He never stopped believing in me and he gave me evidence of his affection. All I can say to Zamparini is thank you.”

Zamparini maintains that he and Dybala are no longer on speaking terms anymore, with the 21-year-old’s head turned by the people in his personal camp.

It seems increasingly likely that the Argentine will be on his way out at Palermo this summer, but whether – and where – in the Premier League he will land remains to be seen.

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