Arsenal and Tottenham have been warned they really should think twice before pursuing a deal to sign Paulo Dybala this summer, amid claims the Gunners are in talks.
The 28-year-old Argentine is at a major crossroads in his career as he prepares to leave Juventus. Talks over a new deal have failed to see an agreement reached, with the Bianconeri lowering their initial offer to Dybala. Indeed, having brought in Dusan Vlahovic in January, a parting of ways now looks increasingly likely.
And given his free-agent status this summer, it’s little surprise to see a plethora of clubs reportedly plotting moves.
As such, the likes of Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan are reportedly at the front of the queue. Moves to either would make sense.
A move to Inter means Dybala would not need to uproot his family, with Milan just two hours away from his Turin base.
Alternatively, a move to Spain will see Dybala link up with Diego Simeone, his countryman in charge at the Wanda Metropolitano. A transfer there would also tick a lot of boxes given Atleti will lose Luis Suarez as a free agent this summer.
PSG, Barcelona and Tottenham are also reportedly keeping a close watch on his situation.
Spurs are well reported to be keen on Dybala too; director Fabio Paratici knows him well from his time at Juve.
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However, a report on Tuesday claims it is Arsenal who lead the list of Premier League sides chasing Dybala.
As per Gazzetta dello Sport, the Gunners technical director Edu recently opened talks with Dybala’s representatives.
Given their need for attacking reinforcements, the signing of Dybala would make a lot of sense for Arsenal.
Paolo Di Canio not a fan of Paulo Dybala
However, both Tottenham and Arsenal have been told to think twice before moving for Dybala.
The warning comes from former Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham striker Paolo Di Canio.
He states that, while Dybala’s technical ability is not in question, he is unsure of the player’s mentality. That’s more the case when results are not going his way.
“It’s true that he could become a technical leader, but I cannot have an emotionally fragile one,” Di Canio told il Corriere dello Sport.
“If things go well, he turns up in games, but if things go wrong, I define him almost as a big cry baby.”