Premier League giants Arsenal are set to hold talks with Palermo to discuss a potential deal for striker Paulo Dybala, according to talkSPORT.
The Argentine has burst onto the scene this season after a string of fine performances for the Serie A side, and already several clubs have been linked with signing the 21-year-old in the summer.
According to numerous reports, Arsenal are joined by the likes of Juventus, Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign the star striker, but it's believed that the Gunners are ready to move first by holding formal talks this week with Dybala's representatives.
Talks This Week
Sky Italia broke the news last night that Arsenal have moved ahead of the pack in the race to sign the Argentinian forward, as they reported that talks are set to take place this week in order to seal the deal before the end of the season. If the two parties can agree on a deal, it would mean Arsenal would avoid a transfer tussle in the summer window which could see up to five teams launching formal offers.
So far this season, Dybala has netted 12 goals for Palermo and is labelled as one of the most exciting attacking prospects, with an international call-up said to not be far away.
If Palermo were to sell the striker, they would want to recoup around £30 million, which is a price-tag that isn't putting off the clubs interested. Arsenal, who have splashed the cash in recent years on signing the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, will be ready to meet the price-tag for the 21-year-old and will discuss the deal with the player's representatives this week.
It's understood that although he is flattered by the interest, Dybala is only focusing on Palermo and this season, before making any further comments on his future and the transfer speculation. According to reports in Italy, Palermo are keen to sell abroad rather than sell to a league rival, which pushes Juve down the pecking order.
Arsene Wenger is keen to add another attacking option to help take the work-load off of Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud, but the deal for Dybala could see a shock exit for Theo Walcott. The English international is stalling yet again on signing a new deal due to his wage demands being higher than what the club want to offer him.
Walcott, who took time to sign his last extension, is wanted a pay-rise on his current £100,000-a-week deal, but due to his serious injury last year, Arsenal don't believe he should be offered a bigger contract.