Paulo Dybala was a reported target of ours over the summer (via the Daily Star), but eventually made the move to Juventus. The president of his former club Palermo has lashed out at the Serie A Champions for “ruining” the young forward though, and has urged him to look for a move as quickly as possible, the Daily Star reports.
This could potentially open the door for us to head back into the market to sign the Argentine forward, although Juventus will obviously be unlikely to let him go cheaply.
Palermo resident Maurizio Zamparini really laid into Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri, and was highly critical in his interview on Radio Sportiva (via ESPN).
“I’m really annoyed with Allegri because he’s ruining a champion. Dybala personifies football, Allegri doesn’t,” he said.
“When somebody personifies football like [Lionel] Messi does, then they should be given liberty and not forced into certain tactics, he’s ruining Dybala.
“I’ve written to Paulo telling him to ask Juve to send him elsewhere. I’ve told him to make friends with the veterans, who I think are jealous of him. Allegri is destroying the work that Antonio Conte did.
“He’s got his ideas all confused. Dybala deserves a different coach. In just seven minutes yesterday against Borussia Monchengladbach, you could see the difference he makes.”
Comparing Dybala to Messi is a little extreme, but Zamparini clearly thinks very highly of the 21-year-old. While certain players obviously thrive when given more freedom, at such a young age Dybala can’t expect to be given a free reign. He needs to learn to work within a system, something he may be doing at Juventus.
Dybala has struggled for game time at Juve following his £28m move (via the Daily Star), completing 90 minutes just three times. He’s scored four times and grabbed himself an assist though, and obviously has a bright future ahead of him. If his struggles result in us getting another chance to sign him, then Arsene Wenger should certainly look at the possibility of bringing him to the Emirates.
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A striker is obviously high on our list of priorities, and Dybala would certainly be an excellent acquisition – at the right price.