Manchester City are thought to be ready to make a bid for highly-rated Argentine youngster Paulo Dybala, who has been touted as the ‘new Sergio Aguero’, according to Mirror Football.
The Premier League champions are eager to add Robin van Persie to their ranks this summer, but are thought to be keeping an eye out for young talent, with the Instituto forward certainly fitting the bill.
The 18-year-old bagged 17 goals in 38 appearances for his home-town club in his first season in senior football, and as such is being monitored by some of Europe’s top teams.
Palermo president Mauricio Zamparini revealed that the Italian side had sealed a deal to sign Dybala three months ago, but it is thought that this is untrue as the Sicilians negotiated with an agent not authorised to represent the teenager.
As such both Inter and AC Milan are keeping tabs on Dybala, with Chelsea also credited with an interest.
Despite this, Roberto Mancini’s men will offer £5 million for the player, who will not need a work permit as he has European grandparents.
By Gareth McKnight