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Paulo Dybala halts contract negotiations with Palermo

by Ben Topliss

Palermo striker Paulo Dybala appears to be on his way out of the club after halting contract negotiations with club president Maurizio Zamparini.

Dybala has enjoyed a fine season in Serie A having found the net 11 times in 22 domestic appearances and the Argentine’s performances have caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs including Manchester United.

Speaking about his future, Palermo president Zamparini believes he will eventually move abroad as no-one in Italy can afford him.

Speaking about Dybala, Zamparini said: “I like him a lot, but I was expecting a different attitude. I don’t speak to him about a new contract anymore.

“This lad is out of reach for all Italian clubs, except for Juventus who could make money by selling Paul Pogba. I’d be happy to sell him to [Napoli President Aurelio] De Laurentiis, but Napoli no longer have a [Edinson] Cavani or [Ezequiel] Lavezzi to sell. I think it would be hard for the Azzurro club.”

Dybala and Zamparini have suffered a breakdown in their relationship meaning the 21-year-old will almost certainly leave this summer.

Gianluca di Marzio reports that the club watched Dybala along with Mauro Icardi during a game between Inter Milan and Palermo earlier this month.

United appear to have made their interest clear but Dybala recently admitted that he dreams of playing for Manchester City or Barcelona instead.

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