Serie A club president gives update on reported Chelsea target

Stadio Renzo Barbera

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini told an Italian radio station that Chelsea target Paulo Dybala has been the subject of talks in London

Muarizio Zamparini told KissKiss Naples, as quoted on TuttoMercatoWeb, he has been in London talking about the future of star striker Paulo Dybala.

In the interview with the local Naples radio station, the Zamparini said: ‘’I do not speak with him [Dybala]. The problem is not the boy but his representatives. I love the guy and I’m sorry for this situation.’’

When asked whether the player could join Serie A rivals Napoli, the Palermo supremo replied: ‘’I was in London and I have receieved calls from all over Europe. I would be happy if De Laurentiis (Napoli owner) bought him, but I think he is not within his reach. Dybala is out of reach of all Italian clubs.’’

Last week, Zamperini confirmed to Tuttosport, as quoted by Sky Sports, that Chelsea were interested in signing the player so it is possible the Palermo chief was in England trying to thrash out a deal for the young talent with the Blues. However, with no names given by the club president in his latest interview, there can be no guarantees it is the West London side who were involved in the talks.

Nevertheless, there could be no shock if Chelsea were interested as the 21-year-old has had a dream season for the Serie A side. In 22 league appearances for Palermo this season, the Argentine has 11 goals and eight assists – a tally well worth boasting about, especially when you take his age into consideration.

Where would Dybala fit in at Chelsea?

In the current system, the Palermo number 9 would face the same problems trying to break into the Chelsea team as Patrick Bamford – currently on loan at Middlesbrough – has faced.

As shown in the first three centre forward options – Diego Costa, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy – Mourinho clearly feels a strong, domineering, physical striker is needed in order to play his type of football. It’s a role that certainly wouldn’t suit Dybala and it’s a question the player needs to be asking himself before making the move.

Due to his natural creative instincts, he could be utilised as a player just behind the main striker. However, competition for an attacking place in Chelsea’s team can only be rivalled by three or four other clubs in world football.

Although, it’s hard to see exactly where Dybala would fit in at Chelsea, Mourinho, if Zamparini is to be believed, clearly has an idea for the youngster.

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