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‘Extraordinary’ Paulo Dybala hailed as future Ballon d’Or winner

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Juventus forward Paulo Dybala is a potential Ballon d’Or winner for the future, says his former Palermo team-mate Stefano Sorrentino.

Dybala’s future has become one of the hottest topics of the summer transfer window amid surprise interest from Manchester United. Apparently, Juventus could trade him for Romelu Lukaku within the next week.

These rumours have come about following the 25-year-old’s struggles at Turin last season, which saw him unable to thrive alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. He ended up with 10 goals in 42 games after being shifted in the line-up to accommodate the Portugal legend.

Reports have since linked Tottenham, Paris Saint-Germain and United to Dybala. However, the latter appears to be the strong favourite with Juventus prepared to offload him for Lukaku.

But Sorrentino, who played alongside Dybala for 71 games during their time together at Palermo, thinks the Bianconeri should reconsider parting with a forward who “can become number one”.

“Paulo is one of the strongest players around, if I were at Juve I would think about it: he is 25 and has plenty of room for growth. If he leaves, he will be a big loss for Serie A,” the goalkeeper told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Could he win the Ballon d’Or? Absolutely. He has an extraordinary technique, he can solve a match in a heartbeat.

“He is smart and intelligent, he runs a lot and goes to get the ball behind. I don’t see many players like him.

“He is determined and ambitious: at Palermo, after training, he made me do overtime because he had to train on penalties and set pieces. He has already made an important path at Juventus and can become number one.”

MILAN, ITALY – DECEMBER 05: Stefano Sorrentino, Enzo Maresca and Paulo Dybala look on as US Citta di Palermo travels to Turin on December 5, 2014 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)