The next big striker European powerhouses are looking to sign is Argentine starlet Paulo Dybala. The 21 year old forward from the Serie A has been impressing and has 13 goals to his name this season with Sicilian outfit Palermo. His club’s Vice-President has said with deep regard that “[Dybala] is an extraordinary young player, and an even better person. He however is likely to leave the club this summer. It is clearly understood that football is primarily a business, which is sometimes sad to say but we are confident we can find the right replacement for Paulo.”
Arsenal and Juventus are allegedly in the lead to sign him, but it is said that Paulo is free to choose whatever team he wants to fulfill his career as a footballer with. Palermo is willing to sell at the right price, and Dybala’s agent Gus Mascardi has stated that Palermo President Zamparini won’t even look at offers lower than 29 million euros.
Chelsea have swooped in with an offer, looking to pull off a steal for the Argentine and place him as an understudy to main man Diego Costa, but Paulo’s agent has revealed that the Blues offer was substantially lower than the asking price. Chelsea may counter with a higher bid, as they well should for their attack has been sub-par to say the very least with Diego Costa’s injury problems beginning to become a bit chronic.
There is also interest from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, but Dybala has stated that Barcelona is his first option, and that “he would swim to Spain” if it meant he could play alongside compatriot Leo Messi. However, this may be all but a pipe dream, as Barca are currently serving what was originally a 2 year transfer ban, set to end in January 2016.
The only possible way for Dybala to become a Barcelona player is for him to reach a verbal agreement with the Spanish superpower and stay at Palermo for the first term of next season and then officially register in Catalunya at the turn of the new year.