Arsenal have agreed to meet the asking price for Palermo striker Paulo Dybala, according to the Daily Express today.
The 21-year-old has made an impressive start to the new season with the Serie A outfit, scoring six goals in 13 league appearances so far, and his form has reportedly attracted interest from the Gunners.
Palermo have slapped a massive £31 million asking price to warn off any potential suitors as they highly rate the Argentine.
But it is thought Arsene Wenger is prepared to meet Dybala’s price-tag and both clubs are in negotiations over a possible deal.
However, the Italian side are not willing to let go of their prized asset this January but a move at the end of the season could still materialize, with Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini rating Dybala as ‘the best striker in Serie A’ and has the potential to be the world’s best player within the next two years:
‘Within two years, he’s going to be better than Cristiano Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi and [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic.
‘It would take €40m (£31m) to take him away from us. He’s the best striker in Serie A.’
Dybala is a left-footed striker known for his intelligent movement and finishing, and has been very impressive for Palermo since his move from Instituto in 2012. The Argentine, who can also play on the right wing and as a second forward if need be, still also has one-and-a-half years left to run on his current deal at the Stadio Renzo Barbera, but a big money would see the Italian side sell him, regardless of his potential.