Arsenal & Southampton-linked 'next Aguero' to reject offers, wants new contract in Italy

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Palermo forward Paulo Dybala says that he wants to extend his contract with Palermo.

With the January transfer window fast approaching, the rumour mill is working in overdrive, particularly concerning Arsenal and Southampton.

Arsenal are in need of reinforcements after an indifferent start to the season, whilst Southampton's blistering start to the campaign has seen them claim second spot, and may look to add more players in the New Year if they have a legitimate shot at getting Champions League football.

One of the players linked with both clubs is Palermo forward Paulo Dybala.

The 21-year-old Argentine has earned comparisons to Sergio Aguero, and after a bright start to the season in Serie A, it's been reported that both Arsenal and Southampton are monitoring his progress.

However, Dybala told Italian press that he is happy at Palermo, and even wants to extend his contract with the club having hit four goals and two assists in 11 appearances so far this term.

"I have grown up so much since I first arrived here," said Dybala. "Three years ago they used to call me Picciriddu (a Sicilian term for young kid), but this time has helped me to settle and grow into my football. I am happy to have spent these years in Palermo.”

"We have already talked with the director of sport, we’re in negotiations and should reach an agreement soon. I am happy here and want to continue wearing this jersey, whatever happens. I try every Sunday to confirm what the President saw in me when I was playing in Argentina," he added.

It's unclear to see where Dybala would fit at Arsenal as he's primarily a player who feeds off a centre forward, but at Southampton he would've been an interesting partner for Graziano Pelle.

If both clubs really were interested in bringing Dybala to the Premier League, then they may have to look elsewhere, with a new contract seemingly in the offing.

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