Arsenal’s hopes of signing the forward in January have been dealt a significant setback.
Arsenal target Paulo Dybala has dismissed speculation linking him to the Premier League by insisting he’s happy at Palermo.
The striker, dubbed “the new Aguero” by some, has become a target for clubs including Arsenal, but has insisted that he won’t be going anywhere.
“We have already talked with the director of sport, we’re in negotiations and should reach an agreement soon,” the Argentine forward is quoted as telling Sky Italy.
Dybala has been at Palermo for three years, and stuck with them through their relegation to Serie B. Now back in the top flight, he has scored four goals in 11 appearances. His current deal expires in 2016, but the Sicilian side are understandably keen to extend it.
Maurizio Zamparini, Palermo’s owner, claimed earlier in the week that the youngster was on course to be the world’s best, and was worth “more than €40m”. Zamparini is a man with pedigree in the field of brining young South American strikers to Europe. Edinson Cavani, Javier Pastore and Abel Hernandez were all brought to Europe to play in Palermo’s famous pink shirts.
As with these others, if Dybala continues to improve, Zamparini won’t be able to hold on to him forever, but by signing a new deal the young attacker will ensure that when the time comes for him to make his move, the club that has kept faith in him since he came to Europe as a youngster will get at least the €40m he’s worth.