Paulo Dybala has been the centre of transfer for talk for what seems like forever. Football fans in Turin and Islington have been refreshing Google hoping to see their club sign the 21-year-old striker.
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini confirmed that both Arsenal and Juventus had made bids for Dybala, but neither side had met Palermo's 40 million euro price tag.
"Juventus and Arsenal have made offers for Dybala," Zamparini told Radio Marte. "His agent will be in Italy on Friday. I want more that 40 million euros for him."
Both the Gunners and Juventus have been linked with the young Argentine for over a month and, with it now clear that Dybala will not remain at Palermo next season, it appears to be a two horse race to win Dybala's signature.
At around £30m, Dybala will be a huge investment for any side that pursue him. Although he has been the stand out player in Serie A this season, he is still relatively unproven at the top level.
12 goals and 8 assists in Italy's top division this season doesn't sum up just what Dybala is all about. Widely regarded as the 'next Aguero', Dybala is lightening quick and fantastic at taking people on.
Although the initial investment is very high, Dybala still has his best years ahead of him, and to learn the physicality of the English games while he's still developing as a player could be just what he needs to become a part of Argentina's International squad in the future. Although a place at the Copa America this season is unlikely for the Palermo forward, he could well be a part of his nations World Cup hopes in 2018.
Personally, I would love to see Dybala in the Premier League. He is an exciting player and, although he may not be the first name on the Arsenal team sheet, he could push the Gunners onto bigger and better things in the future.
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