Arsenal have been given a boost in their search for summer reinforcements after two of their reported targets have been told they can leave this summer. Media outlets in Italy and Spain have even suggested that talks are underway for the exciting duo of Paolo Dybala and Raheem Sterling.
Paolo Dybala, who has been strongly linked to the club in the last year has been told he can leave Palermo in the summer. Reports in Italy suggest that the Gunners have already made enquiries into signing the forward and even held talks with the players representatives in the last few weeks.
Today, the club’s president Maurizio Zamparini has stated that Arsenal and Juventus have both made bids for the young Argentine- adding that the Gunners are his preferred destination if he is to move to England.
Dybala is a 21 year old striker who has been on form for Palermo this season, scoring 12 goals in Serie A. This form has attracted interest from Europe’s biggest clubs, most recently Barcelona. Arsene Wenger’s love for South American forwards give this link some realism and perhaps he could replace Theo Walcott, a player who has just over one year remaining on his current contract.
In slightly less believable news, the Gunners have reportedly been given the go ahead to sign Raheem Sterling. The Mirror suggested last week that Arsenal have already made enquiries about signing the player this summer. His days at Liverpool appear to be numbered as the club won’t offer him the contract he wants. Would we? Maybe. Arsene Wenger has been a big fan of Sterling since he emerged onto the scene as a teenager, describing him as ‘one of England’s best assets’. Wenger has also declared previously that he would like to add to his core of young English players at the club.
Arsenal and Liverpool’s fractured relationship from the Luis Suarez saga may potentially put an early end to any talks.
Sterling is being valued at around £50million by the media, whilst Dybala has a £30million price tag (that’s British premium for you). It’s extremely unlikely that Arsenal would sign both players in the same window, so which would you rather see arrive? Would you like to see Walcott offered in exchange for Sterling, as some media outlets have reported? Let me know by commenting below.