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Zamparini: Arsenal ‘First Choice’ After Tabling Offer For €40m Star
It appears Arsenal have made their move for highly-rated striker Paulo Dybala after Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini confirmed that we’ve tabled a formal offer.
Dybala is set for a move this summer after rejecting Palermo’s contract extension offer and Arsenal are one of several clubs who’ve been strongly linked in recent months.
But it looks like we’ve made our interest official as Zamparini has told Italian radio station Radio Marte that Arsenal and Juventus have made offers for the 21-year-old.
The outspoken president went on to claim that although Dybala fancies staying in Italy, Arsenal are his ‘first choice’ out of the English clubs due to our style of play.
He’s quoted as saying:
“Juventus and Arsenal have already made offers.
“[Pierpaolo] Triulzi, the lad’s agent will be in Italy on Friday. I’m asking for more than €40m [£29m].
“Dybala would prefer to stay in Italy, but the British team Arsenal are the first choice of the lad because of the way Wenger’s team plays.”
Zamparini doesn’t reveal how close our offer is to his €40m+ asking price but I think it’s safe to say that after all the speculation in recent weeks, this confirms that we’re seriously interested in signing Dybala this summer.
The Argentinean international looks to be a real talent and has scored 12 goals and provided 8 assists in his 27 games so far this season.
He’s predominately played as a central striker for Palermo but he’s also capable of playing out on the wings, so I think that Arsene sees him as a potential replacement for Theo Walcott.
Theo’s contract will enter it’s final year in June and with him currently struggling to force his way back into the bosses starting eleven, there’s no guarantee he’ll sign a new deal.
I’d personally be gutted to see Walcott leave but we’d be foolish not to sell this summer if he doesn’t sign a new contract, and Dybala would be an exciting replacement.
By the sounds of it, the youngster may favour staying in Italy which would put Juve in pole position but it remains to be seen whether they’ll match Palermo’s asking price, so there’s still a decent chance he could come to England and we’re his preferred option if he does.