With the January transfer window a couple of weeks away, Arsenal have since made earlier preparations in their quest to improve the team ahead of the winter.
Arsene Wenger’s will to bolster our attacking strength and depth in January with highly-rated Argentine forward, Paulo Dybala, has been handed a significant test, with Palermo set to offer an improved contract to the youngster today, according to TMW.
TMW have reported this morning that Dybala’s representatives will sit down with Palermo hierarchy to discuss the possibility of extending the 21 year olds contract. His current deal expires in June 2016 and therefore the club are keen to extend this to fight off the interest from others and to secure the value of their asset
The 21-year old ‘New Aguero’ , who is believed to be interested in a switch to the Emirates, has really caught the eye in Serie A this season with Palermo, following up to the promise he has shown over the past few years, inviting the interest of many top clubs around Europe. While Palermo are believed to be holding out for as high as a £30m-plus fee, they do not entirely wish to get rid of their priced youngster, hence, the move to offer him a new deal.
It is not a surprise that the Italians want so desperately to keep him. Having scored in five consecutive League games now, none of which the Rosanero have lost, Dybala has gained the stature of being one of the most stand out players in the Serie A this season, just two goals behind fellow Argentine and Juventus striker, Carlos Tevez. In fact, only Tevez and former Arsenal target – and another Argentine – Gonzalo Higuain has been more involved than Dybala in goals and assists in the Serie A this season, both he and Higuain with two assists less than Tevez’s five.
By all accounts, even that of former Manchester United and Everton player Phil Neville, Dybala is the next big thing as far as strikers are concerned. An outrageous flick and finish for Palermo last weekend was just another jewel in the trinket of a star who is fast becoming absorbed into the consciousness of most football followers the world over. Compared to the devastatingly imperious City forward, Dybala has even been tipped to go as far as moving ahead of Ronaldo, Messi and Zlatan – extra-terrestrials in their right – to the very top of the list of the greatest players of the game.
We’ve had not had such a player so good as to lay claim to be amongst the very best in the world, since the departure of club legend, Thierry Henry. Certainly, Alexis Sanchez does not have many peers when it comes to the amount of work he does for us, living up to every single pence of the mega money we paid for him in the summer. However, Dybala appears to be of a different rating and though it stands the risk of being a regrettably flopped exercise, there cannot be much risk pursuing a 21-year old of such caliber at a high price, who can obviously still improve as time passes.
He is proving to be a big player at the moment, and it seems reasonable for us to make a move to intervene, perhaps with a better offer to him this January. He has been heard to openly admit to an interest in a switch to the Premier League, particularly to Arsenal, and that could be the lifeline with which to win his heart. Aguero, the man to whom he’s been linkened, has lit up the League this season, but Dybala could be doing it for us this season.
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