The Argentine striker has enjoyed an incredible season with Serie A club Palermo, scoring 11 goals and registering six assists in 20 games.
The former Instituto man suffered a poor start to his career in Italy, but perseverance has paid off and the 21-year-old’s form has been piquing the interest of a number of Europe’s top clubs. The Mirror reported on interest from both Manchester United and Arsenal during the transfer window, but Palermo are keen to keep him, and have offered Dybala a three-year contract extension.
If the contract is agreed, not only will the club throw off interest in their young star, but any potential offer that is submitted will have to be astronomical to get Palermo to even think about accepting the deal. To counter this situation - when a club is unwilling to sell a star player - most contracts are now agreed with a release clause, that allows any buying club to match that fee to legally open contract talks with the player.
Nearly every player has a release clause in their current contract in the modern day, and United and Arsenal could wait to find out the clause before submitting a matching offer to secure Dybala’s services. However, it appears as if the two Premier League clubs will be unable to enter negotiations in that manner, with Palermo’s sporting director, Dario Baccin, ‘not considering’ the inclusion of a release clause in the striker’s new contract.
As quoted by Calciomercato, Baccin said: “The negotiation with Paulo is complex and quite articulate. At the moment we are not considering the inclusion of a release clause.”
If Dybala agrees to this new contract, Arsenal and Untied’s chase for the striker will immediately become much harder, with Palermo able to call the shots regarding any potential transfer dealings.