Arsenal’s second biggest shareholder, billionaire Alisher Usmanov, has moved to deny reports that he had contacted Palermo with a view to putting up the cash to buy Chelsea target Paulo Dybala.
Earlier in this weekend reports emerged that he was negotiating with the Serie A club about possibly taking the talented Argentine to the Emirates Stadium in the upcoming summer, but now the Daily Mirror claims he has denied any such contact.
An Uzbekistani who made his billions in metal, mining and telecoms, Usmanov owns 30 per cent of the Gunners, the second largest amount behind American billionaire Stan Kroenke, and has in the past revealed his desire to own as much of the club as possible.
However, he was quick to deny reports that he had got in contact with Palermo with regards to Dybala and released a statement to dispel any further speculation that the company through which he owns the club, Red & White Holdings, wanted to fund a move.
“Contrary to inaccurate media reports, Red & White would like to clarify that it has not made any formal or informal contact with either Paulo Dybala, his agent or Palermo football club,” read the statement.
Jose Mourinho has previously been credited with an interest in £30million-rated Dybala, who has been winning lots of admirers with his performances in Italy this season. The 21-year-old has hit 13 goals in 28 games this season and the club are expected to cash in on him this summer.
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