Paulo Dybala has no shortage of admirers this summer with as many as six clubs all in the mix to sign him – with a Premier League giant reportedly emerging as the latest to hold talks.
Dybala, 28, has been one of the brightest forwards European football has had to offer for several seasons now. While not one of European football’s most prolific marksmen, the Argentine still boasts an impressive haul at Juventus, notching 112 in 282 matches. Furthermore, he also has 48 assists to his name, meaning he has a goal contribution every 1.7 times he plays.
However, that record will likely come screeching to a halt this summer with Dybala likely to leave as a free agent. Indeed, talks over a new contract have been going on for months, with no agreement having been reached.
Furthermore, the latest round of contract talks between Dybala and his agent were shelved, increasing the chances of his departure.
It all makes for a very uncertain time for Dybala, who has been with Juve since 2015.
That said, he will have his pick from several sides this summer as he ponders the next chapter in his career.
The likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool have all been mentioned as suitors for the forward. However, the most concrete Premier League interest has come from Tottenham. Their interest in him has been widely reported for several months. And with Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte knowing Dybala well, that is a link that ticks a lot of boxes.
However, multiple sources, including Gazzetta dello Sport, now claims Arsenal are the latest side to show an interest.
Gunners in need of two new strikers
Mikel Arteta’s side are in need of reinforcements in the final third with a summer of change on the horizon. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already departed – and Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette look likely to follow him.
As such, reports state the Gunners want to sign at least two forwards this summer.
The likes of Alexander Isak, Rafael Leao and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have all been linked. However, all would cost well over £50m apiece. And while room to sign one of them, also picking up Dybala on a free would ease the pressure on Edu.
As such, il Gazzetta claims the Gunners technical director has this week held talks with the player’s agent.
Dybala is wanted by several clubs
Spurs, Man United, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have all been linked with Dybala.
While it is not known if a formal offer has been forthcoming, Edu seemingly wants to first determine if the player would be keen on a move to Emirates Stadium.
Arteta’s side are upwardly mobile, although securing Champions League qualification will further cement their prospects.
Arsenal only third favourites for Paulo Dybala
Despite this, the Gunners look like they have their work cut out in landing Dybala.
Indeed, the 32-times capped Argentina forward appears more likely to sign for one of two other clubs first.
As such, il Gazzetta and Tuttosport all place Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid as the sides most likely to sign Dybala.
They report that both clubs have already held advanced talks with the player’s representatives over a move this summer.
Both sides also look well placed to offer the player Champions League football, with Inter the most likely on that front.
Furthermore, Dybala would likely not have to uproot his family with the two clubs less than two hours apart by road.
However, many feel Dybala may look to try something new and is strongly considering a move to Atletico.
They will have a space freeing up in their attack with Luis Suarez due to leave this summer.
Atleti coach Diego Simeone also knows Dybala well, with many feeling this connection may prove decisive.
PSG and Barcelona are also reportedly monitoring the situation with Paulo Dybala.