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Why Arsenal’s reluctance to pay hefty price for striker target is good news for Theo Walcott

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Palermo striker Paulo Dybala, but are reluctant to pay the quoted £29.4m price tag that Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini placed on the forward, according to the Evening Standard.

Dybala is set to leave in the summer and after impressing in Serie A this season, has caught the eye of many top clubs around Europe as the likes of Manchester United and Juventus monitor his situation.

Capable of playing anywhere across the frontline, the 21-year-old has been likened to Man City star Sergio Aguero but was left out of the latest Argentina squad despite his impressive performances.

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According to the report, Arsenal continue to scout Dybala but a move seems unlikely at the moment, especially at that price.

Given the embarrassment of riches the Gunners have in their forward line, with the likes of Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo all being sent out on loan to gain some minutes, any links to Dybala immediately puts the spotlight on Theo Walcott.

Walcott is yet to agree a contract extension with his current deal running out in just over 12 months, the forward will certainly hope Arsenal see an internal solution to that position and extend his current deal.

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