Why neither Arsenal nor Tottenham Hotspur are likely to sign Palermo’s Paulo Dybala

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Palermo striker Paulo Dybala is reportedly of interest to Juventus, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Juventus are not willing to spend £32 million for Paulo Dybala, leaving Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to fight for the Palermo striker, according to a report.

TalkSPORT quotes Tuttosport as claiming that Palermo have told Juve to cough up £32m to sign the 21-year-old.

The Italian champions do not want to spend that much money on the Argentine, whose impressive performance in Serie A this campaign has reported attracted the interest of North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham as well.

Dybala, who has scored nine goals and created 29 chances in 17 Serie A appearances so far this season, is considered as one of the more promising young players and is rated by many to become a future star.

TalkSPORT claims that Juventus pulling out of the race is a “boost” for Arsenal and Tottenham, but in reality it is not.

When was the last time Arsenal spent £32m on a 21-year-old? The Gunners’ recent big purchases, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, both were established and world-class when they arrived at the Emirates Stadium.

Tottenham have splashed out cash more often than Arsenal (click here to read more), but even then one suspects that they will not be tempted to spend £32m on a 21-year-old.

In the summer of 2013 Spurs signed Erik Lamela from AS Roma for £30m, and there are still doubts on whether the Argentina international will deliver the goods in the long term?

Will Tottenham go back to Italy and sign another expensive Argentine youngster? Doubtful, very doubtful.

Perhaps Palermo could lower their asking price. Juventus reportedly are willing to pay £16m for Dybala, but the Sicilian club are hard negotiators and may not go that low.

If Palermo do lower their price to around, say, £20m, then one suspects that Juventus could return for the striker, if indeed they are interested. Arsenal and Spurs could also make moves, if they are keen on the youngster.

But as long as Palermo do not budge from their £32m asking price, neither Arsenal nor Tottenham are likely to sign Dybala, either this month or in the summer.

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