Arsenal are now big time favourites to sign Paulo Dybala and are reportedly set to meet Palermo officials later this week to thrash out a deal for their Argentinian striker.
The striker has been heavily linked with us for the past month or so, but the reports gained steam in the past few hours with many sources confirming that the Gunners are now in pole position to bring the forward to the Emirates.
The 21 year old has been in some tremendous form this scoring 12 goals and assisting seven in his 27 appearances this season. The striker was initially expected to prefer a stay in Italy with Juventus, who are also in talks but the latest reports suggest that the youngster is ready to make a move to London.
Palermo are likely to demand a transfer fee in excess of £28.9 million, but it seems the Gunners are more than happy to thrash out the big money for the young forward, who is one of the brightest emerging talents in Europe.
We have some good talent up front with Sanogo, Campbell and Akpom, all expected to fight for the position in the coming seasons and if we are to sign Dybala then it more or less means that one of them might be on their way out. However there is always a point of having adequate depth if we are to challenge for the title and the signing will definitely strengthen the forward line.
There are some suggestions that Wenger is planning the raid keeping in mind Walcott’s contract situation which expires at the end of the next season. He doesn’t run the channels as the Englishman does but Dybala is immensely talented in the box and will add some much needed cutting edge to the attack. However its highly unlikely that Walcott will leave us any time soon, so the reports doesn’t seem to make much of a sense.
The price is very high for an unproved youngster and the move will put a lot of expectation on the young man’s shoulder, but he looks a very talented and seems to have the confidence to succeed on the big stage. There is also interest for Juventus, but I hugely doubt that the Italian side will be able to pump up such high amount of cash which mean we are the likely to come out winners in this battle.
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