Paulo Dybala has hinted that his last 10 remaining games at Palermo could well be his last:
‘I try not to think too much about the transfer market.
‘I am completely focused on the last 10 games, because they could be my last here.’
The in-demand forward has been linked with a move to Arsenal and also admitted recently that if he was to leave Italy for England, Arsenal would be his preferred destination.
The rumour then intensified after Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini claimed offers were launched for Dyabla, which included one from the Gunners.
However, when asked about the transfer, Arsene Wenger was quick to dismiss those claims:
‘Ask him to show you the offer.’
And when he was asked if he was interested in bringing Dybala to the Emirates this summer, the Frenchman said:
‘Not at all.’
Wenger is not one to show his hand. In fact, you’ll be lucky to get anything from the Frenchman when someone asks him about a certain player that’s been linked with a move to Arsenal. He’s done this throughout his tenure at Arsenal and while it’s clever to do so at times (cause you don’t want other sides coming in and challenging for the player’s signature), it can also have its downsides as well, this being that the player will get hold of Wenger’s words and think to himself ‘ok, there are other clubs out there that will want me’. And if Arsene does a flip reverse and actually says he wants the player after however long it maybe, then that player will then think ‘they weren’t keen on me before, so why should I pay them any attention’.
As fans we like to hear and see (in the papers) that our club is keen on top players, it excites us to know that we are among the big boys of Europe going after the big players. So when we hear Wenger shutting down claims of interest, it’s a bit disappointing – even more so when the player in question (in this case Dybala) is keen on a move to your club.
Dybala, 21, has been in great form for Palermo this season, netting 13 goals and contributing seven assists in 29 appearances, this for a mid-table side in the Serie A. He has a huge amount of potential and to be chased by several top European sides, you must have something special in you – even more reason why Wenger can’t miss out on this deal. I’m not saying that Dybala should be out number one target this summer, because there are other areas of the squad that need adjusting and improving, but the Argentine should be on the list. We could do with another forward coming in, especially if Theo Walcott leaves this summer, and why not it be Dybala.
Wenger has added some quality players to the side in the past 2-3 years so not add Dybala to the mix. I just hope Wenger doesn’t make a huge mistake in not signing this promising striker – it would be a real shame to see him at another top European power rather than at the Emirates.