The interest in Argentine youngster Paulo Dybala appears to be increasing with each week and after speculation linking the 21-year-old with a move away from Palermo it now appears as though the Italian national side maybe trying to tempt the striker towards the Azurri, rather than his native Argentina.
The five goals he has scored this season, including the spectacular effort against Genoa last weekend, have caused many scouts to take notice and Italy coach, Antonio Conte has admitted that Dybala is of great interest.
“He is a player who interests us a great deal. We must find out if he would also be interested in the Nazionale.”
Although Dybala was born in Córdoba and only moved to Palermo in 2011, as the holder of an Italian passport and yet to represent Argentina, he is eligible to choose either nation. In fact, he could also choose to play for Poland as a result of his Polish grandfather but it doesn’t appear as though they are in his thought process.
When asked about this decision, Dybala responded:
“Argentina or Italy? I enjoy listening to the rumours because I have worked very hard to try and play for a national team. I have dual passports and of course the Italian national team have won four World Cups and are one of the strongest teams in the world. I am Argentine though which does not make it an easy decision. I have to think quietly and calmly about it because it is a very important moment in my career.”
Dybala is yet to be capped by Argentina and so Gerardo Martino might need to consider this sooner rather than later to avoid such a talent being poached. Alejandro Sabella had similar issues with Mauro Icardi and handed him his debut in an effort to prevent any other nations tempting him with international football.
Certainly if Dybala continues his club form, international football of some sort will be on the agenda very soon and while this remains up in the air, where he might end up playing club football could also be set to change.
Palermo, who signed Dybala from Instituto in 2011 for €12 million, have slapped a €40 million price tag after president, Maurizio Zamparini claimed, “Within two years, he’s going to be better than Cristiano Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi and [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic. It would take €40m (£31m) to take him away from us. He’s the best striker in Serie A.”
The price continues to rise as Dybala continues to find the net in Italy but there are still reports suggesting that Arsenal, Manchester United and Southampton are interested. If the price escalates to the type of figure that Zamparini is expecting there are only a handful of clubs in European football that could possibly meet it.
After his recent goal against Genoa, Phil Neville tweeted his verdict on the 21-year-old.
If Dybala continues scoring goals, expect an Argentina call up very soon and perhaps some sizeable offers come the end of the season.