Arsenal have been asked to save up GBP31m if they are to have Paulo Dybala, the new version of Manchester City’s goal machine Sergio Aguero.
The highly-rated powerful youngster, who turns 21 on Saturday, has been watched by Arsenal scouts 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, rivaling Southampton who are also interested in the young Argentine sensation.
Palermo have moved to slap a heavy tag on him, as they hope to dismiss any interest.
“They would have to pay 40m to take him away from Palermo” Maurizio Zamparini, Palermo President was quoted as saying.
Like the City predator to whom he has been compared, 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.
Any striker who is comparable to Aguero must be of interest to Arsenal as the diminutive striker has continually shown what an animal he is. He has single handedly led City through games this season, sitting at the top of the goals scorer’s chart in the League as well as becoming City’s all-time top scorer this season. Dybala shares visible similarities with Aguero in his size and approach to the game, though he would have to do a lot to reach the levels at which the city forward has reached at present.
Though 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 may be a good consideration for January, or more realistically, for the coming summer window.
The price may prove a stumble, though, as even the main Aguero didn’t cost that much to buy even as an already acclaimed electric youngster at Atletico Madrid.
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