Paulo Dybala 'certainly' wanted by Arsenal and Juventus - Zamparini
Arsenal and Juventus are leading the race to sign Palermo forward Paulo Dybala, according to the Sicilian club's chairman Maurizio Zamparini.
Dybala has been offered for sale at €40 million and several top European clubs are reported to be interested in a player who has scored 13 times in Serie A this campaign.
"Dybala is leaving at the end of the season and he and his agent are aiming for a top club, and they are right to do so," Zamparini told Canal Plus. "Four clubs want him -- two are Italian, the others foreign. Certainly Juve and Arsenal want him."
Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been linked with the 21-year-old, but Juve may have the edge by virtue of being Italian. "I admit it -- I am very attached to Italy, where I have become famous, and I would like to stay here," Dybala told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
They also have Andrea Pirlo, which would make a move to Turin even more appealing for Dybala.
"Absolutely, with a playmaker like him everything becomes easier, particularly for a forward," he said. "Pirlo makes even the most difficult things look easy. Did you see him against Monaco? It was from one of his amazing passes that the penalty arrived which decided the game.
"[Alvaro] Morata did well to go deep, but it was Pirlo's invention."
Whoever Dybala does choose, which may also have to be whichever club matches Zamparini's asking price, the Argentine hopes to be playing Champions League football next season.
"It's everybody's dream to play in the biggest cup competition in Europe," Dybala said. "There are some top clubs around who are not involved, of course, but I cannot deny that I'd like to play in it."
Palermo could not offer him that opportunity next season and Dybala understands their willingness to sell him this summer, saying he does not bear any grudges having been given his big break in the game with the Sicilians.
"The president has been my admirer for a long time and maybe he is the only one who believed in me, even when I was being criticised and people were saying I wasn't worth the money they spent to bring me here," added Dybala. "I'd like to thank him for his faith.
"It's only right that he now looks to earns as much as he can from me. He's just doing his job, just like I do mine on the field. I just hope that if I have a bad game at Parma on Sunday, my valuation doesn't drop 10 million to 40 again, but I don't want to think about these things."
Dybala also told Gazzetta dello Sport he won't be joining the Argentine national team for Copa America beginning June 11.
"It is going to be played in two months, that is too early for me, I am very young, especially considering that there are some very strong players that have worked so hard to gain a spot on the team," Dybala told the newspaper. "It's true that there are players my age on the team but I can wait. I hope to be called up for 2018 World Cup qualifying."
Argentina coach Tata Martino watched the 2-1 win over Genoa over the weekend and Dybala said the veteran coach offered advice.
"I had no idea he was coming to watch. They didn't tell me until I was in the dressing room getting changed, luckily I played a good match and it was a pity that they denied me that goal," he said.