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Paulo Dybala deal to be completed by April, confirms Palermo president

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Arsenal target Paulo Dybala will complete his move away from Palermo by the end of this month according to club president Maurizio Zamparini.

The Argentine forward has captured the attention of a host of top clubs across Europe this season. He's managed 13 goals as Palermo look to secure a top half finish in Serie A. 

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Juventus and Roma have both been linked with the 21-year-old in recent months while Zamparini has previously claimed to have received an offer from Arsenal worth close to €40 million.

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Now it looks as though the race to secure the young forward's signature is close to reaching its conclusion, with Zamparini hoping to have the deal done before the end of April. 

Deadline

"Dybala will be sold by the end of April," Zamparini told Tuttosport. "Along with Juventus, Roma are the team most interested in my lad from our league. Dybala would help them for sure, and Roma don't have money problems.

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"But then there are foreign teams. [Dybala's agent Pierpaolo] Triulzi, with my blessing, is going between Paris and London getting the offers, and then we'll evaluate them together. Also, we'll meet with [Juventus general manager Giuseppe] Marotta again. I wonder if he wants to raise his offer."

Arsene Wenger has previously denied holding any interest in Dybala, insisting that Arsenal have not put an offer forward for him. "Ask him to show you the offer," Wenger told reporters at a press conference earlier this month. "[We are] not at all [interested]."

Arsenal are currently flying high in the Premier League thanks to an impressive eight-game winning streak. They currently sit in second place with seven points separating them from Chelsea, who also have a game in hand. 

Showdown

The Gunners go up against Reading in the FA Cup this weekend, but will have to do so without both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mikel Arteta. Wenger confirmed today that Oxlade-Chamberlain is still some way away from match fitness, however there was some good news over Jack Wilshere.

"We have a big squad available for selection and we just have Arteta (match fitness) and Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) unavailable. Everybody else should be alright. [Oxlade-Chamberlain] is at least two weeks away."

He added of Wilshere: He has improved physically and I think he is available for selection on Saturday."

Opinion

It seems as though the reports linking Arsenal with Dybala are pure fabrication. They have little need for a forward, especially a youngster who is carrying such a hefty prixe tag. 

Of course it is not unheard of for Wenger to deny any knowledge of a player one day and sign him the next, but it seems highly unlikely that Dybala will be at Arsenal next season.

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