Sunday January 25 2015
Zampa: 'Eto'o has-been, Dybala vultures!'

Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini called Samuel Eto’o a “has-been” and sees “vultures circling Paulo Dybala.”

The outspoken patron spoke to the Corriere dello Sport and was unimpressed with Sampdoria’s decision to sign Eto’o from Everton.

“Massimo Ferrero is extrovert and understands that sometimes football can be about putting on a show, but we’ll have to see how much fun he is when Samp lose a few games,” noted Zamparini.

“I would never have signed Eto’o, as he is a has-been at the end of his career. His arrival is fitting with Ferrero’s day job, as it’s all about cinema and publicity.

“Fortunately Eto’o isn’t playing today, as he might’ve read those phrases and scored two goals against us!

“Palermo’s strategy is different, as we make the most of young talents. For example, players like Borriello and Gilardino who change team every year are of no interest to us.”

Previous stars who went through Palermo include Edinson Cavani, Luca Toni and Javier Pastore, while Zamparini admits Dybala will be next out the door.

“We are very close to a contract renewal and it’s a matter of days, but the negotiations are being complicated by the vultures circling him.

“Due to this pressure, it will be difficult to keep hold of him at the end of the season. I don’t want to sell my best players, it is they who cannot say no when offered four or five times what they can earn here.

“However, if I find a strong economic partner, then I’m keeping him.”

Dybala has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Zamparini said on numerous occasions he won’t sell the 21-year-old Argentine for less than €40m.

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