Club President Confirms Man Utd Approach For €40m Arsenal Target
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has confirmed they have knocked back an approach from Manchester United to sign €40m-rated Arsenal target Paulo Dybala.
With the January transfer now open for business, managers are strengthening their squads ahead of the second half of the season, so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Man Utd have made a move for Arsenal target Paulo Dybala….
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has confirmed they have knocked back an approach from Manchester United to sign €40m-rated Arsenal target Paulo Dybala, according to reports.
Dybala has emerged as one of the hottest properties in European football after excellent first half to the season in Serie A that’s seen him score 9 times in 17 appearances for Palermo so far this campaign.
His impressive form in front of goal has led to speculation over a potential move this January with recent reports suggesting that Arsene Wenger was eyeing a swoop for the Argentinean starlet having let Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo go out on loan.
However, it appears the Gunners now have some stiff competition for Dybala’s signature as Palermo president has revealed that he’s rejected an approach from Manchester United to try and sign the 21-year-old forward this month.
Zamparini also confirmed that there are several foreign clubs interested but insists he won’t sell the starlet this winter and has warned interested parties that is will take at least €40m (£31m) to persuade them to cash-in.
“Dybala is worth over €40m, but I won’t sell him until June,”
“Many foreign clubs asked after him, including Manchester United. I told the English side that he is not for sale right now, but we can talk about it again in six months.
“In my view, he is the best striker in Europe at the moment.” Zamparini is quoted as saying by the Daily Star
Dybala joined Palermo from Argentine outfit Instituto in 2012 and has developed well over the past two-and-a-half years in Serie A, and certainly looks to have a bright future in the game.
However, he’s yet to make any impact at senior international level with Argentina – which will make getting a British work permit difficult – while his contract expires in 18 months time, so Zamparini’s valuation of €40m may be a little wide of the mark.
I personally don’t think Arsene Wenger or Louis van Gaal would agree to pay that kind of money for the youngster just yet, but there is clearly interest in his services so it will be interesting to see where Dybala ends up if he does leave Palermo at the end of the season.
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