Paulo Dybala urged to quit Juventus for bitter rivals Napoli by former Palermo chief as he talks up 'passionate' fans

PAULO DYBALA has been urged to make a controversial switch from Juventus to Napoli.

Dybala, who tested positive for Covid-19 earlier in the year, has been a fringe figure under Andrea Pirlo.

The 27-year-old has made just seven starts across all competitions this campaign and is set to enter the final 18 months of his contract.

Dybala has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

But former Palermo vice-president Guglielmo Micciche, who helped bring the Argentine to Italy in 2012, believes a move to Juventus' Serie A rivals Napoli would be a better fit.

Micciche told Radio Kiss Kiss: "With (former Palermo president Maurizio) Zamparini, we were in the process of selling Dybala to Napoli.

"However, his agent was pushing for Juventus and in the end he went to Turin.

"I would advise him without question to think of Napoli for his future and I suggest Napoli try to sign him. It’d be a perfect union.

"Dybala has to leave Juventus, his time with the Bianconeri has finished.

"He should run to Napoli, as he’d find the ideal environment that he needs with the passion of the fans and a coach like Rino Gattuso."

Juventus are attempting to extend Dybala's contract but negotiations have been sluggish.

Reports in Italy claim Mauricio Pochettino is eager to recruit the Argentina international if he get the manager's job at PSG.

Pochettino was unsuccessful in attempts to bring Dybala to Tottenham during his tenure in north London.

The creative forward could also reportedly be heading to Manchester if Old Trafford chiefs can agree a swap deal with Juventus involving Paul Pogba.

After grabbing his first goal of the league season in the 3-1 at Genoa earlier this month, Dybala shot down claims he had been offered fresh terms by Juventus.

But Old Lady chairman Andrea Agnelli is confident a new deal is in the pipeline.

Agnelli told Tuttosport: "I've heard the statements, it's part of my job.

"The good news is the goal [he scored]. Paulo had a difficult time after contracting Covid.

"I heard with great pleasure his love for Juventus. The love is reciprocated.

"We see him as the captain of the future.

"I know he has already received a proposal that would put him among the top 20 best-paid players in Europe.

"We're looking forward to his response."

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