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Man City to swoop after Palermo price up expensive Paulo Dybala

| 17.02.2015

Manchester City, 7/1 to retain the Premier League, are back in the frame for South American starlet Paulo Dybala after Palermo’s president quashed rumours that he could sell the much sough-after striker to Napoli.

Speaking recently Maurizio Zamparini commented “I would be happy Napoli bought him, but I don’t think he is within their reach. Dybala is out of reach of all Italian companies.

“Dybala, although very young, is one of the best strikers in the world. His future? The problem is not the boy but his agents. I am sorry for this. I’ve been to London and I have received calls from all over Europe,” added the Rosanero president.

Despite Zamparini’s words, the 73-year-old businessman seems keen to hike up the exciting Argentine’s value, and pricing Serie A sides out of the auction appears to have put Premier League clubs back into the race.

Dybala, still just 21, has become one of Europe’s most highly-rated marksmen after striking 11 Serie A goals and providing six assists so far this season.

Having spent three campaigns with Sicilian side Palermo, it appears the Argentina-born attacker, who would also be eligible to play for Italy through his grandmother, is ready to take the next step in his career.

Manchester United and Chelsea are just two of the European elite believed to have been monitoring the skillful and intelligent forward, who has been likened to City superstar Sergio Aguero due to his diminutive stature and eye for goal.

Dangerman Dybala still has some way to go before being considered in the same bracket as Aguero, however, but could choose to follow in the footsteps of his compatriot as he prepares to take the next step in his career.

In a recent interview Dybala stated “When I play with the Playstation, I always choose Barcelona or Manchester City. I dream to play one day with one of those clubs.”

This would seem to put the Citizens (20/1 to win the Champions League) in pole position for the top prospect, with Barca’s ability to sign players limited under a transfer ban until January 2016.

However, the Etihad outfit will have Financial Fair Play to consider, which could see United or Arsenal, who have been linked with a £30m move for coveted Dybala, steal in to swoop for the striker under City’s nose.



Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.