Chelsea target Paulo Dybala is 'almost certain' to be sold in summer, says Palermo president
Last Updated: 11/02/15 5:54pm
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has announced he will be selling Chelsea target Paulo Dybala to the highest bidder this summer.
Dybala, 21, has attracted the attention of top European clubs, including Chelsea, PSG and Juventus, after scoring 11 goals in 17 appearances this season.
And Zamparini says the Argentine forward will be up for sale this year after he turned down a contract extension to remain at Palermo beyond the summer of 2016.
Manchester United are also reportedly interested in a move for Dybala.
"I will sell him, I am almost certain of this," Zamparini told Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport. "(Juventus general director Giuseppe) Marotta told me that they are very interested in the player.
"They (Juve) are ready to negotiate. I have warned Marotta already that I've had so many offers for Dybala from half of the teams in Europe. Chelsea, PSG and other English and Spanish clubs."
I had treated him like a son having spent 12million euros to acquire him. I will not speak to Dybala again. I will appoint a company to negotiate Dybala's sale.
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini
Dybala is Palermo's leading scorer with 11 league goals while he has set up six others to help the Rosaneri climb to ninth in Serie A.
Palermo recently offered Dybala a three-year contract extension, with his wages increased to 9million euros per season, but the South American rejected the offer.
"We had an agreement with Dybala for 9million (euros a year) but the next day everything changed," Zamparini said.
"I was told that Dybala would no longer sign and that he now wanted up to 15million (euros) in wages. No way!"
The outspoken Zamparini believes Dybala, who moved to Palermo in 2012 from home club Instituto, is being badly advised by his entourage.
"This is the fault of those that surround him," Zamparini said. "They have made him lose all sense of reality.
"I had treated him like a son having spent 12million euros to acquire him. I will not speak to Dybala again. I will appoint a company to negotiate Dybala's sale."