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Paulo Dybala transfer update: Arsenal on cusp of free transfer as former defender drops big reveal

Dusan Vlahovic, Paulo Dybala Juventus celeb during Coppa Italia match

Arsenal are reportedly in the driving seat to sign Paulo Dybala with a free-transfer agreement to bring the Argentine in from Juventus seemingly close to completion.

The forward, 28, is now in the closing days of his time with Juventus. His deal is due to expire and talks over an extension have failed to see an agreemeent reached. Indeed, Juve officials made it clear weeks ago that Dybala was free to leave this summer.

Having signed from Palermo in 2015, Dybala has racked up 115 goals in 291 appearances for the Bianconeri. As such, it’s easy to see why a player of such quality finds himself a man in demand.

Indeed, the likes of Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid are both reportedly tracking Dybala. He’s also been linked with a number of Premier League sides, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham seemingly keen.

However, in recent days it is Arsenal who have seemingly emerged from the shadows to become transfer favourites.

Mikel Arteta’s side are in need of attacking reinforcements with Alexandre Lacazette likely to leave on a free transfer of his own. And while talks to keep Eddie Nketiah are ongoing, he too is expected to leave with Liverpool now among his suitors.

As such, the Gunners will need at least one new attacker to arrive this summer.

Now, former defender Massimo Brambati claims a move to take him to Arsenal has been agreed. He claims the move will go through subject to the Gunners securing Champions League football.

Speaking on TMW Radio, Brambati says Dybala’s move to Emirates Stadium is on the cusp.

“I was told by a person close to the environment that if Arsenal qualifies for the Champions League the Argentine will go there.”

Paulo Dybala, Gabriel Jesus could be a winning combination

Saturday’s Transfer Gossip also revealed Arsenal are in talks for three South American stars.

One of those, Gabriel Jesus, could form part of an exciting new-look attack alongside Dybala next season.

As per the latest, Arsenal have reportedly had an opening £42m offer for Jesus rejected by Manchester City. Indeed, City are seemingly holding out for a fee nearer the £50m mark.

Arsenal, though, will likely continue talks in a bid to strike a deal.

That huge outlay though would be offset by the chance of signing Dybala on a free transfer.

Both he and Dybala have plenty of Champions League experience and would prove useful additions for the Gunners.

Mikel Arteta very much has a young side at his disposal and there is little to no Champions League experience in his ranks.

As such, moves for the pair would certainly be wise moves should the Gunners finish the job off and secure fourth.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are also making plans for Marquinhos after reportedly securing a £3m deal on the Sao Paulo winger.