Is Italian football's new goalscoring sensation really worth €40 million?
• How much is Paulo Dybala worth?
Accoring to Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini, the bidding will start at 40million euros when the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United come calling in the summer. He claims to have already rejected a bid from United for his prize asset.
If the 21-year-old Argentinian striker can add to the nine goals and seven assists he has already contributed this season when Palermo host Roma, that figure could rise even higher.
Have a look here to see what all the fuss is about.
• Are Verona heading for another thrashing?
Four days after going down 6-1 to Juventus in the Italian Cup, the Gialloblu return to Turin – and the Serie A leaders will be a full strength this time.
• Will Barcelona ever have a settled line-up?
Luis Enrique changed his side for a 28th time in his 28 games as coach of Barca in midweek. There will be more tweaks for the game away to Deportivo La Coruna as Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez come back into contention.
• What now for Granada?
Bottom of the table Granada haven’t won in La Liga since September and a 4-0 rout at Sevilla was the final straw for the club’s board who sacked coach Joaquin Caparros on Friday.
Garanada replaced Caparros on temporary basis with his assistant Joseba Aguado.
• Who’ll score Swansea City’s goals now that Wilfried Bony’s gone?
OK, so the Ivorian striker would not have played for the Swans this weekend anyway as he is at the African Nations Cup – although new employers Manchester City porobably wish he could as the Welsh club host City’s title rivals Chelsea.
“I’m not looking for a striker,” says Swansea manager Garry Monk, who will now put his faith in French striker Bafetimbi Gomis. “Bafe has the shirt and it’s his to lose.”
• Will Aston Villa fans turn up late?
Supporters are being urged to miss the first eight minutes of their home game with Liverpool in protest at chairman Randy Lerner. The planned late arrival represent one minute for each year the American has been in charge.
With just 11 goals in 21 league games so far this season (the lowest in the Premier League) it’s highly unlikely that the Villa faithful will miss much.
• Can PSG end their poor run of form?
Laurent Blanc’s men entertain Evian on Sunday having taken just one point from their last three league matches.
Last week’s shock 4-2 at defeat Bastia has left the big-spending Parisian outfit in fourth place, four points adrift of leaders Lyon.
• Can Alexandre Lacazette maintain his amazing goalscoring run?
With 19 goals in the opening 20 league fixtures of the campaign, Lacazette has found the net more frequently than any player in France’s top flight since Nantes’ Vahid Halilhodzic in 1984-85.
Inevitably, this scoring run has not gone unnoticed by Europe’s big hitters, although Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has said that that the 23-year-old is ‘priceless’.
“He is priceless,” Aulas told Le Parisien. “What’s the name of the Welshman at Real Madrid? I think that Alexandre is much better. He has no price, so it is useless to make one.”
IN THE REST OF EUROPE
• Can PSV stop Ajax from making it five Dutch titles in a row?
As the Eredivisie starts up again, Phillip Cocu’s side have a four-point advantage over the reigning champions ahead their game against Vitesse in Arnhem. “We will not just defend our lead but attempt to widen the gap with our nearest rivals,” says Cocu.
• Will this year’s African Cup of Nations surpass expectations?
That’s the question World Soccer’s Mark Gleeson asks in his preview of the 2015 finals. Given the last minute change of host, organisational problems are to be expected off the pitch, but on it, there are hopes that Equatorial Guinea will stage a more open tournament than those seen in recent years.
The qualifiers offered glimpses of promise with several traditional heavyweights including Cameroon, Senegal and Tunisia, showing signs that they may be returning to their best.
The tournament kicks off on Saturday when the hosts take on Congo while later that day Burkina Faso meet Gabon.
You can read our team-by-team guide here.