Chelsea Move Into Pole Position For €40m Argentinean Despite Arsenal Holding Talks
Chelsea have moved into pole position to sign Paulo Dybala despite Arsenal holding talks with Palermo chiefs about a deal for the €40m-rated striker.
The January transfer window is now closed but that won’t stop the newspapers from speculating ahead of the summer so we’ll bring you all the news and gossip. Today, Chelsea are in pole position to sign Arsenal target Paulo Dybala….
Chelsea have moved into pole position to sign Paulo Dybala despite Arsenal holding talks with Palermo chiefs about a potential deal for the €40m-rated striker, according to reports.
Dybala has emerged as one of the hottest properties in European football after an excellent season in Serie A that’s seen him score 11 times and set up six others in 17 appearances for Palermo so far this campaign.
The 21-year-old has attracted interest from all over Europe but Arsenal appeared to be leading the race for his signature with recent reports suggesting that Gunners officials held talks with Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini in London last week.
However, the Metro are quoting reports coming out of Italy that now claim Chelsea have moved into pole position to sign Dybala after putting the ground work in place to seal a deal this summer.
The speculation comes shortly after Zamparini revealed that Chelsea were one of several clubs who had made offers for the Argentinean striker, with the Palermo supremo confirming that he’ll sell his star man after he turned down their latest contract offer.
“I will sell him, I am almost certain of this,”
“(Juventus general director Giuseppe) Marotta told me that they are very interested in the player.
“They (Juve) are ready to negotiate. I have warned Marotta already that I’ve had so many offers for Dybala from half of the teams in Europe. Chelsea, PSG and other English and Spanish clubs.”
“We had an agreement with Dybala for 9million (euros a year) but the next day everything changed,”
“I was told that Dybala would no longer sign and that he now wanted up to 15million (euros) in wages. No way!”
“This is the fault of those that surround him. They have made him lose all sense of reality.
“I had treated him like a son having spent 12million euros to acquire him. I will not speak to Dybala again. I will appoint a company to negotiate Dybala’s sale.”
Zamparini is quoted as saying by Sky Sports
It’s not known what offers have been tabled but reports suggest Palermo will demand a fee in the region of €40m (£29.5m), which shouldn’t be a problem for the likes of Chelsea or even Arsenal.
Dybala will enter the final year of his current deal this summer, so €40m does seem a little steep when you consider he’s only really just started to prove himself this season. However, in today’s over-inflated market, the Italians will most likely find a club willing to meet their valuation.
If these reports are accurate then Chelsea currently lead the race but the situation appears to be changing on a daily basis, so there’s still a long way to go before the youngster is rocking up at Stamford Bridge.
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