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Arsenal bid to sign £30m Palermo striker Paulo Dybala

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Paulo Dybala on Arsenal's transfer radar
Paulo Dybala on Arsenal's transfer radar

Arsenal have made a bid to sign Palermo striker Paulo Dybala, the Italian club's President has confirmed.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has identified 21-year-old Dybala has one of the rising stars of the world game, with his eagerness to keep a youthful influence in his squad making this starlet one of his top summer targets. 

Now Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has confirmed Arsenal are among the clubs who have made a move for Dybala.

"Juventus and Arsenal have already made offers for the boy,” Zamparini told Radio Marte Sport. “(Pierpaolo) Triulzi, his agent, will be in Italy on Friday."

“Juventus? Yes, that could happen. I’m speaking to their director Giuseppe Marotta and I know he’s interested but he needs to hurry up as I have other teams after him.

“After Easter I will speak to Dybala’s agent, who is working well for the player’s future. It’s 50-50 whether he will stay in Italy. I have already had two firm offers of £22m from foreign clubs, but I’m looking for £30m.”

Arsenal and Wenger are unlikely to be pleased that Zamparini has made their interest in the player so public, with the Gunners preferring to do their transfer business with a little more secrecy. 

Yet it now seems clear that Wenger is eager to shake up his forward line ahead of next season, even though he has previously stated he has enough attacking talent in his squad with the likes of Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott among his options.