Arsenal have officially placed a bid for Palermo striker Paulo Dybala, with the president Maurizio Zamparini announcing on Italian radio, according to ESPN.
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We have long been linked with a move for the prolific young forward, who has been lighting up Serie A with his performances this season. It now seems that our interest has been made official however, and the Argentine could soon be on his way to the Emirates.
With 12 goals in 28 appearances – as well as seven assists – Dybala is starting to look the real deal already, despite being just 21-years-old.
Zamparini made our interest public, but insisted that he wouldn’t allow his star man to go cheaply.
“Juventus and Arsenal have already made offers for the boy. [Pierpaolo] Triulzi, his agent, will be in Italy on Friday,” he said.
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“It hasn’t changed. Someone like Dybala cannot be worth less than €40 million. He would prefer to stay in Italy – he still wants to play in Serie A.
“Of the English clubs that have shown interest, though, Arsenal is his first choice because of the way [Arsene] Wenger makes his team play.”
Juventus aren’t in the best financial position, so it’s difficult to see them spending that kind of cash on someone so young. Paul Pogba has been linked with a big money move away from the Serie A champions in the Daily Mail however, which would free up plenty of funds.
Olivier Giroud has been superb since his return from injury, but he can’t be expected to perform the striking role all on his own. He certainly needs backup, and Dybala could be the player to provide it.