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Arsenal Ready To Make Formal €31.5m Bid, Player Keen On Move
According to reports in Italy, Arsenal are ready to make a formal €31.5m (£25m) bid for highly-rated Palermo striker Paulo Dybala.
The 21-year-old has emerged as one of the hottest young properties in Europe after scoring 9 goals for Palermo so far this season, with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea are linked.
However, it appears Arsenal are ready to steal a march on their rivals as the Mirror are citing reports coming out of Italy that claim we’ll table a €31.5m (£25m) bid as soon as the January transfer window opens.
Dybala has recently admitted that he’d be keen on making a move to the Emirates, telling reporters last week:
“To know that someone like that thinks highly of me fills me with pride.
“I can’t deny that going to Arsenal and playing in the Premier League would be great, but at the moment I’m a Palermo player.” Dybala is quoted as saying by the Mirror.
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has come out and said it would take €40m to persuade them so sell the Argentinean, but it would be extremely difficult for the Serie A side to resist if we offered €31.5m as that would be a HUGE fee for the youngster.
However, I’m still skeptical on all these reports. A striker is probably the last position we need to strengthen right now and with the squad desperately needing reinforcements in midfielder and defence, I’d expect Arsene to concentrate his efforts on adding to those two areas before he splashes out over €30m on a young striker.
You never know though, it wouldn’t be the first time the boss has neglected a position everyone else thinks needs addressed, so I suppose anything could happen in January.