Club president explains ‘issue’ with reported Arsenal and United target's contract offer

Stadio Renzo Barbera

Paulo Dybala has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs due to his form with Palermo.

Arsenal and Manchester United are two of the clubs that are reportedly tracking 21-year-old forward Dybala, with the Mirror claiming both clubs have scouted him.

The Argentine star has enjoyed a breakthrough season in Serie A this term, scoring 12 goals in 23 games for Palermo, having previously scored just three times in 27 appearances for the club.

His form has seen his name rise to the top of many club’s transfer lists, and should he continue to score at the incredible rate he is currently going at, it would be a surprise if it were only Untied and Arsenal tracking him come the summer.

Dybala’s current contract expires at the end of next season, and his goalscoring has started worrying Palermo chiefs, who are well aware that any interested parties could realistically approach him concerning a free transfer as the 2015-16 season starts. To counter this, it has been confirmed that the Serie A club have offered the young striker a new deal, with Palermo sporting director Dario Baccin telling Calciomercato last month that a deal was on the table.

One may have hoped that the contract extension would have been signed by now, having been originally offered in January, and the continual delays may hint at a desire from Dybala to switch Italy for the wealth of the Premier League. He must be well aware of the reported interest from Arsenal and United, and those two clubs are names that most players could never turn down if an offer was tabled for them.

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has now come out to clear the air concerning Dybala’s contract, claiming that the only reason it has been stalled is due to agents.

Quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport, Zamparini said: “Concerning his contract, he does not speak. He will talk about the subjects that I have instructed because the issue is not the player, but South American agents.

“I'm sorry [for the situation]. He is a guy who I love and I'm happy for his career in football but also people have to have a balance.”

By ‘South American agents' one would expect Zamparini to mean the numerous agents abound in foreign football who deal with multiple ownership of players. With Dybala’s reputation rising, they will know well that they can draw a large fee out of Palermo for his services, and the club will likely have no option but to pay what the agents are demanding, or risk losing their star striker - potentially for nothing.

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