With a little over 4 weeks to go till the January window opens, it won’t be long now before we see a few new players coming through the Emirates gates, and according to new reports, it could be a ‘Sergio Aguero’
The new one, that is, Paulo Dybala.
Palermo are reportedly holding out for a fee as huge as €39m for the young prodigy and it what may appear as quite a shock to most gooners, Wenger has given a go ahead for the fee to be paid to bring the highly-rated striker to London.
So good is this 21-year old star that he has been tipped to take the crown off Ballon D’Or monopolists Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the not too distant future. This is according to Palermo President, Maurizio Zamparini.
“Within two years, he’s going to be better than Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi and Zlatan” Zamparini has been widely quoted.
“It would take £31m to take him away from us. He’s the best striker in Serie A.”
Arsenal scouts have been keeping tabs on Dybala over the past few games, witnessing his comfortable start to his Serie A campaign with Palermo where he’s scored 4 times in just 12 appearances.
Dybala has been impressive enough for the Emirates chiefs to sanction a real enquiry for him.
Wenger has not hidden his praise for South American strikers, rating that continent as the most productive when it comes to bringing through the world’s best forwards. Having tried to get Suarez last season, and finally landing Sanchez this summer, Wenger is surely following up that praise with concerted action and a chance to have the a player of the ilk of City’s menacing forward would surely be too good to resist. Going by the amount he has splashed on Sanchez, it may not be totally surprising after all that he sanctions such a hefty fee for the young Argentine player.
United, who also boast a collection of some of the best South American stars in Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao, are in a hunt for a younger striker as neither Wayne Rooney nor Robin van Persie is deemed fresh enough to keep up with the club’s ambitions going forward. They certainly have the money to spend and will be looking to break in if we show any reluctance.
Dybala is not just a goal scorer but a scorer of important goals as every one of his four goals have helped the newly promoted Palermo to either salvage a draw from a game as in the one-all draw at home to Udinese last Sunday or take all three points as in a handsome two-nil victory at the San Siro against Milan. His overall League record for the Rosanero stands at 12 goals in 66 games since moving from Argentine second division side and hometown club Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba. He played a significant role in returning Palermo to the top tier of Italian football, winning the Serie B championship and like Javier Pastore, he looks set to make a move to a bigger club in the not too distant future.
It is obvious that our problems are mostly in defence, there can be no doubts that the absence of a top notch predator has somewhat posed a challenge to our attack being as ruthless as required. With Danny Welbeck still adjusting to being a center forward and Giroud likely to need an extended run of games to get used to contact again, Dybala will come good to boost the strike force in January and will be available to play in the Champions League.
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