How close are Arsenal to actually signing Dybala?

More reports have emerged suggesting that Arsenal are about to make a move for Paulo Dybala.

You’ve probably realised by now that Arsenal have been linked with a lot of players and the transfer window isn’t even open yet. But the main name coming up in terms of a forward is Palermo’s 21-year-old striker Paulo Dybala who has been linked with most of Europe’s major clubs since signing for Palermo from Instituto in 2012.

The Metro reported on Monday (via reports in Spain) that Dybala wants to move to Arsenal ahead of Juventus and that Arsenal officials will travel over to Palermo this week to try to tie the transfer up for a fee of around £29m.

That’s all well and good…but (there had to be one).

Paulo Dybala of Palermo celebrates after scoring the equalizing goal
PALERMO, ITALY – FEBRUARY 01: Paulo Dybala of Palermo celebrates after scoring the equalizing goal during the Serie A match between US Citta di Palermo and Hellas Verona FC at Stadio Renzo Barbera on February 1, 2015 in Palermo, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

Think back to the signings of Ozil, Sanchez and even Podolski.

Do you remember how the media were all over those stories?

Every website had their own write up on the progress of the deals. Arsenal couldn’t keep the deals secret.

Everyone knew what was happening.

You would surely think then that as this could be a massive deal for Arsenal that the media would be all over it? The problem I’ve got, is that they’re not.

Whilst a few other places (like the Express) have picked up part of the story, it’s been the Metro (and one particular writer) that have been driving the story in the UK, and that’s a problem because in terms of story accuracy or reliability – they have none.

Take for instance the article in Italy that suggests that Arsenal are due to meet Palermo for talks. The Arsenal mention is a solitary line that follows this article.

Crucially though, it’s mentioned in the earlier article that Dybala wants a Juventus move not an Arsenal move.

It’s Italian press v English press and Juventus v Arsenal but as Metro are in the driving seat with this story over here yet they are getting their news from the Italian press, I’m more inclined to believe that Dybala is closer to a Juventus move than he is to an Arsenal one.

In any case I’ve seen enough to suggest that Arsenal won’t be ‘sealing the signing of Dybala’ any time soon and that any reports that suggest that they will be are wide of the mark.