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Arsenal and Chelsea target labelled ‘new Messi’ and given £28m price tag

Arsenal and Chelsea target Paulo Dybala has been described as the ‘new Lionel Messi’ by his club Palermo and valued at £28m.

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TuttoMercatoWeb reports that president Maurizio Zamparini told radio show Tf1 the highly-rated forward is blossoming into the kind of player who could eventually replicate the world-beating talents of Barcelona talisman Messi.

He said: “Dybala for me is the new Messi,” before warning suitors they will have to stump up at least £28m despite the fact that the attacker has little more than 12 months remaining on his contract.

He hinted that cash-rich Paris Saint-Germain would probably have to pay even more due to the budget at their disposal.

La Gazzetta dello Sport believes Chelsea are keen on the player, while The Independent say Arsenal are in the hunt.

Should Arsenal win the race for his signature, Dybala would face competition from the likes of Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott.

A move to Stamford Bridge would possibly see him replace veteran Didier Drogba, who is coming to the end of his contract with the west London outfit.

At the age of 37, Drogba could hang up his boots but remain at the club in an ambassadorial capacity.

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