Arsenal and Tottenham both look set to miss out on the free-transfer signing of Paulo Dybala with the player closing in on a free transfer move elsewhere.
The 28-year-old is leaving Juventus this summer after seven seasons and having amassed 113 goals in 285 appearances. Talks over a new deal have been going on for months, but the two parties have not been able to reach an agreement. As such, the Argentina forward will depart Turin as a free agent – and seemingly with his choice of several top sides.
Understandably, interest in Dybala has not been short in coming. Atletico Madrid were the first to show their hand as they seek a replacement for Luis Suarez.
And there has been strong interest from the Premier League too. Arsenal, who themselves need to find at least one new forward this summer, reportedly made a move with Edu offering Dybala a significant double promise.
There was rival interest from Tottenham too. Director Fabio Paratici and manager Antonio Conte both know the player well from their time in Italy, with the former a close associate.
Perhaps more ambitiously, Newcastle had also recently thrown their hat into the ring.
Indeed, moves to all three English sides will have seen Dybala earning a significant salary increase on his current Juve earnings.
Furthermore, and in the case of Arsenal and Newcastle, Dybala would also be almost certainly guaranteed a starting berth.
Inter Milan in driving seat
However, it seems money isn’t everything and the trio have seemingly been snubbed for another suitor in Inter Milan.
As per il Gazzetta dello Sport, Dybala and his agent are in advanced talks with Inter over the switch.
The Italian champions can offer Dybala something that neither English side can: the chance for the player not to uproot his family.
Indeed, Inter’s training base is less than 130 kilometres from Dybala’s house, meaning he can stay put in his family home.
Dybala is wanted by several clubs
Spurs, Man United, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have all been linked with Dybala.
And that, along with Inter’s seemingly guaranteed place in next season’s Champions League, appears to have won the day.
There is no timeline on when il Gazzetta expect Dybala to sign. However, negotiations are not likely to be an issue. As such, the player will reportedly make the move at the end of the season.
Paolo Di Canio warned Arsenal, Spurs off Paulo Dybala
News that they have missed out on Dybala will come as a blow to his Premier League suitors.
Raising questions about the player’s mentality, he claims Dybala isn’t a player to have in the trenches and when things aren’t going their 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.”