Arsenal fans should take note of the front page splash of Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo on Tuesday.For months now, Palermo striker Paulo Dybala has been linked with a possible move to Arsenal, but Mundo Deportivo now believe the Gunners may have serious competition for the Argentine as Barcelona have declared their interest in the attacker.
Dybala has been one of the breakout stars of the Serie A season, netting 12 goals in 27 appearances.
On Monday, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini confirmed that 21-year-old Dybala will leave the club this summer, revealing that Juventus and Napoli are among those chasing the striker. He said:
It’s clear that Paolo will leave. Indeed, we’re looking for another striker. After Easter, I will see Dybala’s agent, who is working well for the boy’s future.
I’m in contact with [Juve sporting director Giuseppe] Marotta. I know that he’s interested but he must hurry himself. I have other teams on [Dybala].
[Napoli president] De Laurentiis would like him but I told him I won’t have another Cavani situation. This time, one must break the bank.
According to Mundo Deportivo today, Barcelona are now scoping out Dybala along with Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto.Both strikers are being considered for the role as Barca’s fourth striker should Pedro leave the Camp Nou at the end of the season.
MD note that Villarreal’s Vietto has a release clause of €20 million, while Dybala’s contract expires in 2016.Of course, it’s worth remembering that Barcelona are not be allowed to sign any players in 2015. The Spanish club was handed a 14-month ban in April 2014 after being found guilty of breaching Fifa’s rules on the transfer of players aged under 18.woremembering that Barcelona are not be allowed to sign any players in 2015. The Spanish club was handed a 14-month ban in April 2014 after being found guilty of breaching Fifa’s rules on the transfer of players aged under 18.