The season has not ended yet but the clubs are already making moves in the transfer market and Arsenal are not too far behind, as Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has confirmed that the Gunners have made a bid for Argentinian striker Paulo Dybala.
The 21 year old, who has been termed the ‘New Messi’, has garnered attention from all over the Europe and is unlikely to stay at the Italian club beyond the summer. Some reports early in the month stated that the North London club are planning talks with Palermo, as the player green lighted a move after initially preferring to stay in Italy with Juventus.
Zamparini in an interview to a French television, did his bit to raise the profile of the player by comparing the youngster with Messi and also confirmed that they have already received bids from 4 clubs including Arsenal. He said:
“Dybala is not Sergio Aguero but the new (Lionel) Messi. He’s not an out-and-out striker, but operates in every area of the field, like Messi.
Will he stay? No, because the player and his agent aspire to a big club, and they’re right to do so. I’ve already received at least four offers. Two were from Italian clubs, and two were from abroad, and they include Arsenal and Juventus.”
The young play-maker has some impressive numbers this season with 13 goals and 10 assists in 30 appearances this season. The numbers doesn’t really match to that of Messi, but this has been his breakout season and he is gradually improving. He isn’t an out and out striker but likes to operate just behind the striker and is immensely talented in and around the box.
The asking price isn’t quoted, but if we go by the figures that were mentioned earlier in the month then he is likely to cost somewhere around the £30 million mark, which is quite huge for a player so young. There is also an advantage with these deals, as the player will be worth every penny if he achieves what he is touted to be but what are the odds of that happening?.
Currently we are quite full in the midfield and I don’t think there is any need for a new recruitment unless some one leaves in the summer. However the chances of that happening are very low as Wenger recently claimed that most of the squad is likely to continue next season. We currently need to focus on bringing defensive recruitment’s in the form of a defender and defensive midfielder before looking elsewhere in the squad.
There is no doubt that is a great player and will fit into the Arsenal armory perfectly, but with options already available with in, is there any need for new signings although how appealing they might be? I don’t think so.
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