Paulo Dybala Will Exit Juventus in January Amid Offers, Says Palermo Owner

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2018

PARMA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01:  Paulo Dybala of Juventus gestures during the serie A match between Parma Calcio and Juventus at Stadio Ennio Tardini on September 1, 2018 in Parma, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Paulo Dybala could depart Juventus in January after struggling for game time early in the 2018-19 season, according to Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini. 

Dybala swapped Palermo for Juve in 2015, and Zamparini believes the Argentina international is ready to move on again after being limited to just 100 minutes of Serie A action this term.

He told RMC Sport that Spain is Dybala's likeliest destination but that there are also offers from the Premier League (h/t Goal's Joe Wright):

"Every time he is left out, it makes me want to cry. He's on the bench because of [manager Massimiliano] Allegri. Allegri should come to Palermo and win the Scudetto. Two years ago, I sent Dybala a message and advised him to go to Spain, not Italy. 

"He'll leave, because Juventus want to get €120 million. In January, I think he'll leave for Spain. He has offers in Spain and England. Juventus have a lot of champions, and it's obviously a reason to cry when a phenomenon like him is not playing."

Dybala, 24, has won three domestic doubles on the bounce since he joined Juve, and he has also played in a UEFA Champions League final.

His goalscoring record, from playing mainly as a second striker, is impressive. In 100 Serie A appearances for the Old Lady, he has returned 52 goals and provided 21 assists.

As Zamparini highlighted, he is one of the most exciting young players in Europe. As such, it seems unlikely Juve would be open to letting him go despite the Palermo chief's claims.

PARMA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus looks on during the serie A match between Parma Calcio and Juventus at Stadio Ennio Tardini on September 1, 2018 in Parma, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo's summer arrival at Juventus may well have changed Allegri's plans for Dybala in 2018-19.

However, the Portuguese superstar has effectively replaced Gonzalo Higuain, who is on loan at AC Milan, in the Juve squad. So there should still be room in the first team for Dybala.

Allegri is still experimenting with how to get the best out of Ronaldo, and his changes have led to Dybala's limited game time this term.

The 2018-19 Serie A season is only three games old, though, and Dybala has played in two of them.

Given the Argentinian's enormous talent, it is guaranteed a number of clubs would be interested in signing him should he become available in January. But it that seems unlikely.

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