Paulo Dybala has admitted he would prefer to stay in Italy rather than move abroad in the summer.
The Argentinian has been the subject of much speculation in recent months thanks to his fine form this season. He's managed 13 goals this term to put him fifth in Serie A's top scorer list, helping Palermo to 11th place in the league table.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have all been credited with an interest in the 21-year-old in recent weeks, but the forward says he feels settled in Italy and effectively ruled out a move away from Serie A.
"A move abroad? I didn't speak Italian when I joined Palermo, but I think I have learned the language pretty quickly. I really like Italy. This is where I became famous and I would love to stay in Serie A," Dybala told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"It would be a dream to play in the Champions League. There are also some big teams out there that do not participate in the Champions League, though. But I cannot deny that I would like to play in Europe's most important competition."
Juventus may hold another ace in the race to sign Dybala after the forward revealed he'd like to play alongside veteran midfielder Andrea Pirlo. "It is so much easier for an attacker when you have a playmaker like Pirlo," he explained. "He even manages to make the hardest things look simple.
"We all saw his genius in the Champions League match against Monaco. It was his pass that eventually led to the penalty. Of course, Alvaro Morata also played a role in it, but it all started with Pirlo."
Whether Dybala ends up at Juventus or Chelsea the only certainty is that his new club will have to fork out a serious sum of money. Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini insists he won't let the young striker leave for anything less than £40 million, while also claiming to have received an offer for that sum already.
He also claimed that Arsenal have also lodged a bid - something that boss Arsene Wenger has emphatically denied.
"Ask him [Zamparini] to show you the offer," Wenger told reporters. "[We are] not at all [interested]."
The Dybala transfer race has jumped the shark somewhat; the rumours have been going around and around to point where it's no longer interesting. Even Zamparini's madcap statements are tired now.
Will he end up at Chelsea? Will he end up at Juventus? Does anyone really care? He's good but not yet great and £40 million is too much.
Are you bored of the summer transfer window before it's even begun?
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