Report: PSG distance themselves from potential Arsenal target Paulo Dybala

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PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has distanced PSG from a summer move for Paulo Dybala.

It has been reported that Arsenal are in competition with Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus for the signature of Palermo’s Paulo Dybala this summer, but according to L’Equipe on Tuesday, the French side are distancing themselves from a move, leaving the way clear for Arsene Wenger’s side.

On Sunday’s edition of French TV show Telefoot, president of Palermo, Maurizio Zamparini claimed to be in contact with Nasser Al-Khelaifi regarding the Argentine forward, but the PSG president has told L’Equipe he wishes to distance himself from this information.

He has assured the newspaper that there has been no contact with the Sicilian club, nor anyone involved with the striker.

This coincides with Al-Khelaifi’s comments in Le Parisien today that Edinson Cavani will be staying at the club beyond this summer. PSG were always unlikely to sign another forward unless one of their big money players were to leave the club.

Dybala’s contract is up next summer so the Palermo president will probably be looking to cash in at the end of the season. The 21-year-old has been involved in 23 goals this season, finding the net 13 times as the Sicilian club have avoided being involved in a relegation scrap.

Arsenal have been linked with the forward by sources such as the Independent, but he won’t come cheap, the player’s agent Gustavo Mascardi told told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"We’re now at the stage where the price cannot be lower than £36m.

"Paulo is in no hurry and will take his decision calmly."

Juventus may still be the favourites, with the striker declaring his love for Italy in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"A move abroad? I didn't speak Italian when I joined Palermo, but I think I have learned the language pretty quickly. I really like Italy. This is where I became famous and I would love to stay in Serie A."

With PSG seemingly out of the picture for now, it will be very interesting to see where the young Palermo forward’s future lies come the end of the season.

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