Arsenal and Chelsea suffer blow in chase for ‘new Messi’ Dybala

Stadio Renzo Barbera

The Palermo attacker is highly sought after by Europe's top clubs after starring in Italy.

Palermo attacker Paulo Dybala may have disappointed chasing English clubs with his recent comments given to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The former Instituto striker has become one of Serie A's most sought after properties after impressing since the start of the present season, and is one of the league's top marksmen with 13 goals and 10 assists to his name.

It means Dybala has contributed to more than 50% of Palermo's 44 goals, and it's no surprise that Chelsea and Arsenal are reported to be interested in him, as well as reigning Italian champions Juventus.

And in an interview with Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport, the striker has seemed to suggest a preference to remaining in Serie A should he leave the Eagles , and an appreciation of Juventus star Andrea Pirlo - which could be bad news for any Premier League suitors.

"I love Italy. This is the country that made me famous and I would love to stay in Serie A," Dybala said.

"There are some big teams out there who don't play in Champions League and I can't deny that I'd love to play in Europe's most prestigious competition.

"It's a lot easier for a striker when you have a playmaker like Pirlo behind you,” he said. “He makes even the most difficult things look easy.

However, the interview may yet encourage the Argentine's foreign based interested parties, as the 21-year-old also revealed an openness to moving to a country where he couldn't speak the language, emphasising that Champions League football was something that could persuade him to try a new country.

"I don’t speak English or French, but that doesn’t mean anything," the young forward added.

"There are some big teams out there who don't play in Champions League and I can't deny that I'd love to play in Europe's most prestigious competition."

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