Arsenal target Paulo Dybala set for Premier League move - round-up

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Paulo Dybala is set for a summer move to the Premier League or Pars Saint-Germain this summer, according to Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini.

The outspoken chief has once again been talking up the talent of his team's Argentine ace and, once again, confirmed he has been in talks with Premier League clubs over a transfer.

Dybala has scored 12 goals in Serie A this season. Not a spectacular return, but his overall ability has drawn attention from Arsenal and Manchester United. Zamparini wants €40 million and is obviously confident that the Gunners are willing to pay it.

He told Tuttosport: "We're going to make a great profit on him, but in view of our accounts, I hope it's the last time [we are forced to sell a key player].

"Big clubs have already called me, both from England and also PSG in France. The lad's very good and we're going to meet and find an agreement with his family and also his agent."

Giroud's not scared

Bringing Dybala to the Emirates will not impress Olivier Giroud, who has been working his socks off for the north London outfit this season. Since returning from a broken leg, Giroud has bagged eight goals in 11 games and has drawn plaudits for his excellent displays against the likes of Manchester City.

However, there are those who believe he is not good enough to lead the line of a team that wants to win major trophies. In a recent interview with L'Equipe, Giroud said that it is reports like the one linking Arsenal with a move for Dybala that spurs him to improve. 

He said: "When people are talking about a player to come and take your place, you take it personally because it's your position. I hear people say, 'They have Giroud and Welbeck but they need a world-class striker.' Meaning, us, we're not world-class forwards.

"It spurs you on."

Arsene Wenger's successor search

If Dybala, 21, does join Arsenal it is likely that the majority of his Arsenal career will be played out under Wenger's successor. Many are tipping the Frenchman to vacate his role when his current contract expires in 2017.

When that day finally arrives, it appears Wenger will have no say in who his replacement will be. Possibly motivated by Sir Alex Ferguson's disastrous choice of successor at Manchester United, the Evening Standard chief football correspondent James Olley claims Wenger has specifically asked to be left out of the selection process.

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