The window doesn’t need to be open for the rumours to fly!
This is certainly not the first time that Arsenal have been linked with a move for Palermo’s frontman, Paulo Dybala.
In fact, his name was linked with Arsenal for the entire duration of the January window but, as we know, nothing came of those.
Now the latest reports claim that Arsenal are getting ready to open talks with the players club with a view of signing him for £30m in the summer.
Palermo seem resolved to losing the 21-year-old who has also caught the eye of both Manchester City and Manchester United while Napoli are also said to be interested in the player who declared a desire to throw his career away by joining City or Barcelona.
“When I play with the Playstation, I always choose Barcelona or Manchester City.
“I dream to play one day with one of those clubs.”
Leaving aside the absolute absurd nature of any player saying it is a dream to play for City unless their real dream in football is to make a lot of money really quickly before moving on to another club and rebuilding their career (hey, I’d take a sabbatical from my career too if you offered me £200,000 per week), I don’t want any players who dream of Barcelona.
According to the Italian site, Corriere dello Sport, Arsenal will meet with Maurizio Zamparini, Palermo’s president, in London to discuss the transfer but even if Arsenal were to fend off City’s megabucks offer of fee and wages, the player would enjoy one great season at Arsenal, Barcelona would come sniffing around and before you could say ‘Alexander Hleb‘ he’d be on a private jet heading for Spain.
(It’s also worth noting that according to the press Arsenal will spend over £80m on two strikers this summer. Seems likely, right?)