Paulo Dybala could reject all offers from the Premier League in favour of a move to Barcelona because he dreams of joining Lionel Messi at Barcelona, according to Sport.
The Palermo striker is one of the hottest talents on the market ahead of what promises to be a lively transfer window.
Premier League interest
Manchester United have gone as far as sending scouts to Palermo to get a more detailed look at the 21-year-old while tentative reports have claimed Arsene Wenger has already held talks with club president Maurizio Zamparini over a move.
However, Wenger, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho are all wasting their time, because it appears the young Argentinian is eager to join his compatriot and national hero Messi at the Nou Camp.
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Barcelona are about to embark of a European scouting mission to finalise the two players they are going to sign, according to the same report. Dybala is high up on that list along with the likes of Marco Verratti and Lars Bender.
Scouts are currently spread across the biggest leagues in Europe with Luis Enrique expected to decide on his two main targets by late March. With Dybala in such fine form, no one would be surprised to see his name on that two-man list.
However, Dybala will have to deal with not being able to play for Barcelona until January. Although the Nou Camp club can sign players under the current Fifa embargo, they cannot register anyone new until January 1.
For any player agreeing to join in the summer, that means either six months out on loan or on the training ground. That will give Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea hope of convincing Dybala to reject Barcelona in their favour, but it appears the presence of Messi will be the deciding factor.