Much as the Gooners are looking at anything but making attacking recruitments within the current transfer window, there are worthy targets out there whom they would wish to still be available when a search is made to strengthen that department in the summer and it would be to the delight of the Emirates bosses that Palermo has snubbed United’s approach for Paulo Dybala.
Arsenal will face Sergio Aguero on Sunday but much has been done in following up the youngster who’s been styled as his successor and the fact that the Rosanero star is both Argentine and similarly statured would give weight to such comparisons. The 21-year old has been at the forefront of all that has worked well for Palermo this season, and it comes as no surprise that Club President, Mauricio Zamparini, has put a block to any possible deals happening within this window.
“Dybala is worth more than £40m, but I won’t sell him until June” the Daily Star quotes Zamparini.
“Many foreign clubs asked after him, including Manchester United, I told the English side that he is not for sale right now, but we can talk about it again in six months.”
Dybala is so highly esteemed by his President that he believes the youngster will eclipse the heights reached by Messi and Ronaldo until now, and has now gone as far as rating him as being the “best striker in Europe at the moment” and how much of a punch would it have been if the Gunners were beaten to his signature this month by United.
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.
Zamparini’s confirmation that talks could hold after this season for the player must put Wenger on red hot alert to begin readying his plans to make a substantial approach as any striker who is comparable to Aguero must be of interest to Arsenal.
The Arsenal defence should have their hands full trying to keep him in check on Sunday but if the cards are played well, such a player of devastating potential could add to the terror that is Alexis Sanchez in building a fearsome, more formidable attack at the Emirates.
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