Arsenal to meet Dybala agent in London for fresh talks - sources

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Pierpaolo Triulzi, the principal representative of the in-demand Palermo striker, will meet the Gunners to discuss a deal.

The agent of Palermo striker Paulo Dybala will fly to London to assess Arsenal’s interest in trumping Juventus’ bid for the striker, HITC sources understand.

Pierpaolo Triulzi, who has been mandated by Palermo to broker the sale of Dybala, will hold a fresh round of talks with the Gunners as the Serie A club prepare to agree a deal this month.

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has claimed that Arsenal and Juventus have made offers for Dybala and that the Londoners are the player’s Premier League “first choice”. Maurizio Zamparini values the team’s in-form spearhead at €40m (£28.5m) and has admitted that he will be sold this summer.

Juve have upped their bid for Dybala to £23m and are in pole position to sign him, Gustavo Mascardi, an agent who is acting as an intermediary in the deal, has told Tuttosport.

Sources close to Arsenal understand the Premier League club rate Dybala at around the £20m mark but they could be willing to pay bonuses on top of that fee.

Triulzi is expected to fly to London in the next few days for fresh negotiations with the Gunners, who have already held talks with Palermo.

Chelsea are also closely monitoring Dybala’s situation after scouting him frequently this season and could still make a bid for the striker.

However, Juventus lead the race for Dybala, who has also attracted interest from Roma and Paris Saint-Germain.

Mascardi told Tuttosport: “In the end Dybala will choose the team that he feels is best for his growth and Zamparini will see if they can offer what he wants.”

Asked if Juventus are the favourites to land Dybala, Mascardi said: “Yes, and because the player favours that destination and because [Juventus managing director Giuseppe] Marotta, who is also a friend, has so far submitted the highest bid to Palermo. The best one, for now, €25m + bonus? No, the offer has now risen to €32m.”

Dybala has shot to prominence with his displays for 11th-placed Palermo this season, scoring 13 Serie A goals as well as providing nine assists in the competition.

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