In a somewhat bizarre move, Palermo striker Paulo Dybala will not feature between now and the end of the season, as the club’s president expects the 21-year-old to be leaving in the summer.
According to the Daily Mirror, through fear of an injury preventing a high-profile exit from the club – involving a significant fee – Maurizio Zamparini has ordered the management to avoid using him in the final four games of the campaign.
“It’s possible that in the next eight to 10 days we will sell the player, and I want to avoid injuries in this very delicate phase,” Zamparini explained.
The Serie A side are comfortably safe in the top flight, and currently sit in the top half of the table. So perhaps, with little riding on their remaining fixtures against Atalanta, Cagliari, Fiorentina, and Roma, it is understandable that the president wants to protect his main asset. Nevertheless, it is arguably a surprise for a club to have such resignation that their star player is leaving, and thus, take drastic measures to make sure they get maximum value for him.
The Mirror report that we are one of several clubs interested in the player, who is viewed as one of Europe’s rising stars. However, as with Edinson Cavani – who The Independent reported was also attracting our interest – it is difficult to see how Dybala would fit into the side when Olivier Giroud continues to shine.