Man Utd transfer target profile: Paulo Dybala

by Sam Peoples

It has been reported that Manchester United are keeping a watchful eye on Paulo Dybala.

Just this week, Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini has said Man United are interested in signing the €40m rated striker.

With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at Dybala for you so as to find out some more information about him.

Date of Birth: 15 November 1993

Club: Palermo

Position: Striker

Nationality: Argentine

International caps: 0

Honours: Serie B 2013/14

Key Stats (2014-15 season)

Appearances: 17

Goals: 9

Assists: 7

Minutes per goal: 160

Yellow Cards: 1

Red Cards: 0


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Paulo Dybala’s career to date

A young Paulo Dybala began his footballing journey with Instituto, a club based in his hometown of Cordoba, Argentina.

Instituto recognised his talent from an early age and allowed him to make his first team debut at the ripe old age of 17.  Dybala rewrote the club’s history books as he became their youngest ever goalscorer, a record previously held by Mario Kempes.

Sadly for Instituto, Dybala’s rapidly growing reputation attracted the interest of several top European teams, there position as a second tier club meant that they were powerless to keep him when Palermo came calling.

His first season at Palermo was somewhat subdued. A promising start in which he scored 2 goals in 2 games was followed by only 1 more in the rest of the 2012/13 season. Dybala’s form could have been the victim of his club’s struggle in the league and eventual relegation that season.

Nonetheless Dybala worked hard the following season and played a pivotal role in Palermo’s promotion back into Serie A. The 2014/15 season has seen Dybala grow more clinical in front of goal. With 9 goals to his name already, he has been the breakout star in Serie A this season.

Unfortunately for Palermo, his performances have now attracted the interest of several European powerhouses, with Man United believed to be the front runner amongst the chasing pack.

So far a senior international call up has eluded Dybala, and despite being eligible to play for Italy and Poland, he has signalled his intention to play for Argentina.

What have people said about Dybala?

“Dybala is worth over €40m (£31m) 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.” – Mauro Zamparini

“In the fifteen years I’ve been working with youth teams he is the most outstanding player I have seen; he has all the attributes of a complete player.” – Fransisco Buteler, coach at Instituto In Action 

“I thank Conte, but it’s my dream to play with Leo Messi with the Argentina jersey on my back.” – Dybala on wanting to play for Argentina

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