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‘New Aguero’ back on Arsenal’s radar according to club owner

| 26.01.2015

Arsenal have been identified as one of several clubs reportedly still keen on signing Palermo’s highly-rated Argentine forward Paulo Dybala.

The Gunners have long been linked with a deal for the 21-year-old, who has impressed in Serie A so far this term scoring 10 goals in 19 league outings, but had so far remained coy on the prospects of any deal being completed.

Dybala is valued at around the £30m mark by the Rosanero and Arsenal would most likely face stiff competition for a player already drawing comparisons with Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

However it appears that the north London club remain keen on signing the South American with Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini confirming as much during an interview published by London24.

Speaking on the topic of whether Dybala would remain at the club for the foreseeable future, the notorious owner said:

“We are very close to a contract renewal and it’s a matter of days, but the negotiations are being complicated by the vultures circling him.

“Due to this pressure, it will be difficult to keep hold of him at the end of the season. I don’t want to sell my best players, it is they who cannot say no when offered four or five times what they can earn here…”

Yet to be capped at international level by Argentina, Dybala is also eligible to play for Poland through his grandfather.

The 21-year-old is one of several players who could be heading to the Emirates in the near future with Arsenal also linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Kevin Grosskreutz over the weekend.

A deal for Villarreal’s Gabriel Paulista also looks set to be concluded in the next few days.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.