Chelsea’s gain as Palermo admit striker “will probably leave”

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Chelsea have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Palermo’s Paulo Dybala with the vice-president of the Sicilian club admitting he’s on his way out.

Days after his superior Maurizio Zamparini claimed that it would take at least £35m to secure the striker’s signature, Guglielmo Micciche was slightly less forthright.

“His transfer is a popular topic of conversation, I know. We are talking about an extraordinary player that has all the characteristics to become an excellent one,” he told Italian radio.

“So many teams want him and he will probably leave Palermo.”

The 21-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League for over a year, with Arsenal another club rumoured to be interested, although Arsene Wenger recently denied a bid had been made.

But now, with another title on the horizon, Jose Mourinho’s Blues appear to be in the hot-seat.

It is easy to see why there are so many sides looking to bag the Argentinian, with 13 goals and 10 assists to his name this season from 31 appearances.

A switch to the Premier League would see Dybala become the second South American swap Palermo for the UK after Abel Hernandez made the move to Hull last year.

One thing that is for sure is that the youngster they call La Joya will be aiming for a better strike-rate than Hernandez’s four goals in 25 appearances.

His arrival in the summer could hand Chelsea another option in the attacking third.

That extra personnel would be something they would kill for ahead of their match against the Gunners at the weekend, with a possibility of no fit senior strikers available.

Diego Costa and Loic Remy both sat out Saturday’s victory over Manchester United, while Didier Drogba has since pulled out of a planned charity match this week with a knock, so is a doubt for the weekend.

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