Zamparini wants reported Arsenal target Paulo Dybala to make Napoli move

Stadio Renzo Barbera

Palermo striker Paulo Dybala has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal.

Outspoken Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has told Radio Crc. that he hopes his club’s young prodigy Paulo Dybala can move to fellow Serie A side Napoli this summer.

The Argentine sensation, dubbed ‘the new Messi’ by Zamparini himself, has been heavily linked with a move away from Palermo when the transfer window re-opens.

The London Evening Standard have credited Premier League duo Chelsea and Arsenal with holding an interest in the player, with the latter said to be tracking his progress closely.

The Gunners have an array of attacking talent in North London, but boss Arsene Wenger has, over the years, taken on younger stars and helped them to develop into world class performers.

Dybala has the potential to become a genuine superstar in world football, yet unfortunately for the Gunners, it appears they are set to miss out as Zamparini talks up a move to fellow Italians Napoli.

"It’s true, Napoli have come in for Dybala,” Zamparini told Radio Crc. via Italian publication Raisport.

“De Laurentiis spoke to me personally. They want to improve their team, even if they don't get a place in the Champions League.”

“He called me. I’ll meet him soon, but we have a mutual respect and a good friendship. Our relationship is special, and I hope he can take Dybala, because he’s the new Lionel Messi.”

The 21-year-old has scored 13 league goals and added a further 10 assists in 30 Serie A matches this season, leading his team’s tallies in both categories.

As per Tuttomercatoweb, his asking price has reportedly been shot up to €50 million by the club’s hierarchy – a fee which may put off Gunners boss Wenger regardless.

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