Palermo striker Paulo Dybala would prefer a move to Arsenal over a host of other interested Premier League clubs, Mauro Zamparini has claimed.
The Palermo president has been nothing short of outspoken with regards to the Serie A outfit's hottest property. Dybala has attracted interest from Europe's biggest clubs and is expected to leave for one of them this summer.
Zamparini will demand as much as €40million to release the 21-year-old, but has done his best to make sure Dybala's name has stayed in the press. His latest revelation is that a number of Premier League clubs have already shown an interest.
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Premier League interest
However, the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United–all of who have been strongly linked with an interest for Dybala–are wasting their time. If given the choice, Dybala would stay in Italy, but if he is to move to England, he only has one destination in mind: north London.
"Arsenal is the first choice of the boy for the way he plays the team coached by Wenger"
Talking to Italian station Radio Marte, Zamparini said: "Juventus and Arsenal have already made the offerings, Pierpaolo Triulzi, the boy's agent, will be in Italy on Friday.
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"My request is more than 40 million euros. Dybala would prefer to stay in Italy, but among the English clubs Arsenal is the first choice of the boy for the way he plays the team coached by (Arsene) Wenger."
It is hard to gauge whether Zamparini is telling the truth. He is probably the most outspoken club president in European football and is known for being a hard negotiator. He will know that putting Dybala's name in the papers will increase his transfer value and that seems to be exactly what he is doing.
What is likely is that he was trying to catch the attention of the Premier League's richest clubs. Manchester United have £150m to spend and will be in need of a striker when Radamel Falcao's loan ends.
They seem the club most likely to make a serious offer. Arsenal have Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Chuba Akpom coming through the ranks. It is doubtful the Gunners have made an offer. However, the comments from Zamparini would have caught the attention of Ed Woodward, who may be tempted to stepping up Manchester United's interest.
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