Palermo president Mauro Zamparini has admitted defeat in holding on to in-demand Argentine star Paulo Dybala beyond the current season, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Juventus interested in signing him.
The 21-year-old forward has been impressive for the Serie A side this season, and has already scored 11 goals and provided six assists in 22 games. This has not gone unnoticed and various top clubs around Europe have shown interest in signing him.
"For me, Dybala rates as highly as [former Palermo stars] Edinson Cavani and Javier Pastore," Zamparini said, as quoted by Goal.
"I knew even before this season that he would be a great player. He is a golden boy."
The president had revealed contact with Manchester United during the recently concluded January transfer window, but the club were unwilling to sell midway through the season and decided to wait till the summer.
Palermo were hopeful of convincing the youngster to sign a new deal, but it seems that his agents are trying to engineer a move to one of the top European clubs and this has angered the president, who has lashed out at Dybala's agents for using the player as a money-making machine.
"The boy is now in the hands of some people who don't wish him well. It's difficult to see him staying at Palermo," the president conceded.
"He's a great lad, who has been corrupted by bad advice. Now he's advised by people who only see him as money making tool and nothing else."
Zamparini, who is furious with the highly-rated forward's representatives' handling of their client, has now revealed that he has stopped talking to the striker, indicating that a summer move for Dybala is on the cards.
"The problem is that he is conditioned by people that don't want to do what is right for him. He has changed completely and is surrounded by terrible teachers. I no longer speak with him."
However, Manchester United and Arsenal are not the only clubs interested as the Palermo chief has revealed talks with Juventus, and the president confessed that he would rather sell the forward to the Seria A champions rather than the Manchester based club.
"There has not been any contact with Napoli but it is true that Marotta has been in touch for Juventus," Zamparini added.
"He told me that Juventus will be right there if we decide to sell Dybala. They are very much interested in signing him and are ready to open talks."
"I told him that I would be more than happy to sell Paulo to Juventus if possible. I would actually prefer for him to stay in Italy," the Palermo president explained.
But whether it be Juventus or the Red Devils, Zamparini made it clear that interested clubs will have to meet their valuation of £31m to have a chance of landing the in-demand forward.
"I know Marotta, though, so I immediately made it clear that I will not give him a discount. We all know what happened with Pastore," the Palermo chief concluded.