One of the best young forwards around at the moment is Palermo's Paulo Dybala, who has netted nine times in 17 appearances in Serie A so far this season. The 21-year-old has been reportedly subject to interest from several of Europe's top clubs, and the Sicilian outfit's president Maurizio Zamparini has confirmed that Manchester United are one of them.
Quoted in the Guardian, Zamparini told Radio Due:
"Dybala is worth over €40m [£31million] but I won't sell him until June. Many foreign clubs asked after him, including Manchester United. I told the English side that he is not for sale right now, but we can talk about it again in six months. In my view, he is the best striker in Europe at the moment."
Of course, there is almost certainly some motive for Zamparini to exaggerate the interest in his crown jewel, but that he's specifically confirmed United's interest is a very interesting development. With Javier Hernández likely to depart in the summer; Radamel Falcao's future still up in the air; Robin van Persie almost 32 years old; and Wayne Rooney looking ever more likely to make his midfield stay a permanent one, a striker could well be a bigger priority than we've all realised. Will it be Dybala? We'll have to wait and see.