Palermo president hails Dybala as the 'new Messi' and confirms Arsenal bid

Stadio Renzo Barbera

Maurizio Zamparini has placed Paulo Dybala on a pedestal alongside Lionel Messi, declaring that Arsenal are amongst the firm bidders.

Speaking on Canal Plus show, Fiebre Maldini, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini explained why he's so fond of signing Argentine players, highlighting that in his view, they offer the best potential to become stars.

"Why do we insist so much in the South American market? History shows us that the best attackers come from that region, especially Argentina. I don't know why that is, but perhaps it's because they all play on the streets when they're kids."

Continuing, he gave examples of why he keeps such a keen eye on finding the next diamond in the rough, scouring the Argentine market for potential world-class talents.

"In the past I was offered Tevez, but I couldn't sign him then. Later, I was close to getting Aguero for 15 million Dollars. I'd given my approval, but then Atletico Madrid came in and signed him for 20 million Dollars."

Leading players have built the foundations of their fame at Palermo, with the Sicilian club successfully landing other Argentine imports, as Zamparini recalled a particularly powerful attacking force, which his club enjoyed in recent years.

"We had Pastore, Cavani and Hernandez, with Miccoli as a substitute. That was an excellent attack."

However, even with the potency that attacking combination offered, Zamparini insisted: "I think Dybala and Vazquez, as a pairing, are even better."

The praise for Dybala didn't end there. When the Palermo chief was asked to compare the 21-year-old to other leading stars, the pedestal raised, couldn't have been any higher.

"Dybala isn't Aguero, but the new Messi. He's not a pure striker, but like Messi, he can move around any area of the pitch."

Resigned to losing his current star, but conscious the club will make a massive profit, Zamparini explained: "Will he stay? No, because the player and his agent want to go to a big club, and they're right to want that."

There's no shortage of interest either, as Zamparini confirmed: "I've already received at least four offers. Two from Italy and two from overseas. Amongst them, Juventus and Arsenal."

Having already slapped a €50 million price tag on Dybala, Zamparini appears more than happy to keep blowing the trumpet for the Argentine starlet, then sit back and watch the bidding war play out.

Roma are the "other" Italian club strongly linked, whilst the Mirror situated Chelsea and PSG as having made offers, according to Dybala's agent, Gustavo Mascardi. Also in the mix are Manchester United.

All of them will be hoping Barcelona don't join the chase. The player himself has never hidden his dreams of playing for the Spanish giants. Especially if means he'll get to play alongside the Argentine idol, his club president has happily compared him to.

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